Brooks spent a couple of seasons in the youth set-up at FC United of Manchester and a successful spell was topped off in when he was called up by the England College’s squad. The Atherton based defender then went out on loan to Daisy Hill where he was a regular during the 2012/13 season. He then moved across Atherton Laburnum Rovers at the start of the 2013/14 season where once again he was a regular.
Joining Collieries at the beginning of the last campaign he has played as a defender, midfielder and striker. His combative nature and extreme physical presence is a testament to the hard work which James has put in over the last few months. Although his season was hampered with injury problems he has been a key part of the squad and has a couple of goals to his name.