Andrew Johns and Brad Fittler have backed Tigers coach Michael Maguire’s cut-throat approach to selection in 2020.
The Tigers have the longest finals drought in the NRL stretching back to 2011 and Maguire has axed Benji Marshall and most recently Luke Brooks for poor defensive displays this season.
Johns believes the ruthless selection policy is wat is required to hold players accountable and encouraged other struggling clubs to follow suit.
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“Michael Maguire builds his game on defence,” Johns told WWOS’ Freddy & The Eighth.
“Three weeks ago, he dropped Benji Marshall because he missed nine or 10 tackles against the Titans.
“I understand on the weekend Luke Brooks missed eight tackles, so he just said, ‘you know what, you’re gone.’
“Michael Maguire has set his standards high. If you don’t set those standards, you’re not going to be part of the starting thirteen.
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“’Every other club should look at this. Doesn’t matter if you’re on $100,000 or $100 million, If you’re not aiming up, go sit on the bench or don’t play at all.”
Fittler believes Brooks has underperformed this season after he was earmarked as a potential dynamo under the new six-again law change.
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“I like what he’s (Maguire) doing, if you’re not going to defend or you don’t want to play to the style we want to play and what our beliefs are then you won’t be in the team,” Fittler said.
“I remember Joey at the start of year saying he thought Luke Brooks would be advantaged from these rule changes more than any other player.
“I’ve got to say, Luke Brooks hasn’t struck many blows. I like what Maguire is doing.”
Originally published asJoey and Freddy back Maguire’s brutal Tigers selection system
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