Just seven games after his debut for the Vikings, 24 year old flanker Jobe Brooks has been chosen as October’s Lacons Brewery Player of the Month. “Jobe’s an all action 7 who has quickly become a very valuable player for us,” said Niall Lear. “He tackles ferociously and his statistics have been outstanding every game. Jobe has added real value to the Club on and off the field, good player and very good man.”
Originally from Sprowston, Jobe’s family moved to Mettingham in Suffolk around 15 years ago. His father, Lee (“Sumo”) Brooks, had played for Crusaders until injury forced a premature retirement, but Jobe didn’t take up rugby until aged 13 when he joined Southwold moving through the age groups and into the adult sides. After leaving Bungay High School he went on a Sports Course at Easton College and was a member of their Rugby Academy. Meanwhile his talent was recognised by selection for representative sides including Norfolk under 16s and Eastern Counties under 18s. He also spent two years in Sydney, Australia, where his rugby highlight was playing for Eastern Suburbs in the 3rd Colts Grand Final against Randwick.
Jobe, an apprentice bricklayer, joined North Walsham after six months away from rugby “having lost my love for the game.” He commented, “obviously it’s been tough but coming here has given me back my love for rugby. The playing group and coaches have been great, I’m really enjoying myself and I feel my game is improving. The whole atmosphere here on and off the field, the social side, is just so good.”
Jobe is sponsored by D & R Construction and his favoured no 7 shirt by Stratton Streles Estates.