SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 03: Luke Brooks of the Tigers looks on during the round one NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium on March 3, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Incoming Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens has gone on record to assert that he wants halfback Luke Brooks to remain at the club next season.

There have been multiple suggestions that Brooks is angling for a move away from Concord, both from the player himself and outside sources.

Brooks is out for the remainder of the season after suffering a calf injury, and there’s a belief that he may have played his last game for the club he’s served stoically since 2013.

But Sheens has said the Tigers want Brooks to stay beyond 2023, although the $1.1 million Brooks is entitled to is a lot to ask.

“Obviously everyone would prefer it to be at less money,” Sheens told the Daily Telegraph.

“But we can sit down and negotiate with him and extend the contract out.”

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 13: Director of Football at Wests Tigers, Tim Sheens looks on during a Wests Tigers NRL training session at St Lukes Park North on April 13, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

The Tigers and Knights will face off this weekend, serving as a reminder that Newcastle are also interested in Brooks – to the point that Andrew Johns tried to secure his services at the end of last season.

The Knights legend claimed that Brooks needed a change of scenery and that he and the club could each help each other reach their potential, and it’s believed the club still hold that view despite the mounting pressure on coach Adam O’Brien.

Sheens is having none of the speculation though.

“On the record, he’s contracted. Point blank. He is contracted to us and I expect him to turn up for pre-season training,” Sheens said.

Despite going to lengths to express his commitment – and that of Benji Marshall – to keeping Brooks a one club player, Sheens ultimately fell short of guarantee Brooks would remain.

“Unless the world changes, that’s what I’m doing (trying to get Brooks to stay),”

“Can I ever (guarantee he’ll stay)? No one can. But I’m not indicating he’s leaving.

"I like the kid and I want him in the side. Benji loves him and wants him in the side. But we can’t say any more than that."