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Ex-player concerned about reported Leeds Rhinos target

Reports emerged last week that Leeds Rhinos are interested in signing NRL halfback Luke Brooks from the Wests Tigers.

Both of Leeds’ current halfbacks are coming to the ends of their deals and thus there is a degree of uncertainty about the position heading into 2024.

The pair due have plenty of history together playing alongside each other at Canberra Raiders when they finished in the top three of the NRL in 2016.

Both have been Man of Steel nominees during their time in Super League with Warrington Wolves and Huddersfield Giants respectively.

However, their time at Leeds has been up and down though against Catalans Dragons on Saturday we saw the very best of them, especially Blake Austin.

The two did help the Rhinos to the Grand Final in 2022 but Sezer missed it due to concussion protocols.

Sezer is currently on five Man of Steel points for the season and Austin recently nailed a match winning drop goal against Champions St Helens but both have dealt with injuries in their Headingley careers and have been a touch inconsistent.

Thus, according to the Mole of Wide World of Sports, the Rhinos are interested in 28 year old Luke Brooks.

He is coming to the end of his deal but is yet to agree a deal to stay at the club despite the fact they let former Wigan Warriors and Salford Red Devils halfback join Newcastle Knights ahead of the new season.

Leeds are said to have a look at the halfback who could be said to suit the Super League style of play.

However, they may want to consider what role Brooks would play at Headingley: organiser or creator?

This comes after a former Wests player in Joel Caine raised concerns about the halfback on NRL Crunch Time.

He said: “I have never been of the opinion that Luke Brooks is a halfback.

“I believe Luke Brooks is a very good five-eighth.

“We’ve gone into the season without a halfback.

“This is a billion-dollar game and we’re without a halfback.”

So not a halfback, not an organiser in the eyes of Caine.

Thus, if Leeds are set on signing him they may want to consider who will be the organiser to his creative spark.

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