There was much conjecture surrounding the future of both Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks but Wests Tigers fans can breathe easy, with the talented duo both taking up one-year options in their favour to stay until the end of 2017.
Although their long-term future may not be settled, Tigers fans can rest easy that for the time being, they will continue to play for the club.
The young duo both came through the club’s junior ranks and through the club’s developmental pathways.
Brooks, 21, has played in 56 NRL games to date and the Holy Cross Rhinos junior is pleased to have things sorted.
â€œIâ€™m really excited to have everything now finalised for 2017,â€ Brooks said.
â€œIâ€™m really looking forward to continuing my time here at Wests Tigers.
â€œItâ€™s a really good group of players that we have at the Club and Iâ€™m really grateful that I can continue playing footy with some of my best mates.
â€œWe have put in a couple of good team performances in recent weeks so hopefully we can continue and push for a spot in the finals this year,â€ he said.
Just as pleased is Moses – also 21 years of age – with the Carlingford Cougars junior echoing the sentiments of his halves partner.
â€œItâ€™s great to have next year sorted and itâ€™s great to be able to stay here at Wests Tigers for another season,â€ Moses said. â€œThe Club is really important to me and I believe we have a really good squad here that can achieve success.
â€œIâ€™ve played with a lot of the guys here at the Club, including Brooksy, for a number of years and itâ€™s great to have another season secured.â€
A strong believer in playing young players and investing in them, coach Jason Taylor has been impressed with their development.
â€œLuke and Mitch are both exceptionally talented players who have bright futures ahead of them,â€ Taylor said. â€œThey have both already shown great promise on the field and the most exciting part is that their best footy is still ahead of them.
â€œItâ€™s great news to have both players on board at the Club for another season and Iâ€™m really excited to see what they can achieve on the field in years to come,â€ he said.