Jock Madden to leave Wests Tigers for Penrith Panthers if Luke Brooks stays


Wests Tigers are in danger of losing Saturday night’s hero Jock Madden to premiers Penrith.

Madden, a late replacement for the injured Luke Brooks, scored a try and had a hand in two others in the Tigers’ superb 32-18 win over the Broncos.

A former Australian Schoolboy, Madden has been at the Tigers for three years but has barely had a look-in, with Brooks an automatic selection every week.

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The Panthers are looking for a replacement for Sean O’Sullivan, the back-up for star halves Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai, for 2023.

O’Sullivan, who has proved a handy fill-in for Penrith, is off to the Dolphins for their maiden season.

Several other clubs, including Newcastle, are also in the hunt for Madden, who is unsigned for 2023.

“If Luke Brooks stays at the Tigers, Jock will go – there is no point him staying,” a spokesman for Madden’s management told Wide World of Sports.

“The Tigers just haven’t been giving him a chance – he only got a game last night because Brooks was injured and he won them the match.

“There is a lot of interest in him.”

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