Farah desperate to get back to Finals Footy

http://www.nrl.com/farah-desperate-to-get-back-to-finals-footy/tabid/10874/newsid/84115/default.aspx

Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah admits it’s unlikely his youthful side will challenge for this year’s premiership trophy, but still remains hopeful of captaining a more successful side this season under Jason Taylor’s watch.

Not since 2011 have the joint venture club tasted finals football, and the club’s current longest-serving player spoke this week of his desire to break that drought with a playing style strikingly dissimilar to the Tigers of recent seasons.

“Hopefully a lot different, one that can make the semi-finals. That’s the goal, really,” Farah said at the club’s season launch at Waterview, Bicentennial Park this week.

"We haven’t really set goals about where we want to get to at the end of the year, we haven’t looked too far ahead. But in terms of myself individually, and you heard [Aaron] Woods speak in there, you miss playing semi-final footy.

“You’re sitting at home watching it and you get jealous seeing the big crowds and the hype and the vibe around semi-final footy and that’s something that we haven’t had in a few years. That’s something that we want to get back to doing. We’ve got to change, we’ve got to improve on performances of previous years to do that.”

“In 2005 I never thought I’d win a premiership, and look how that panned out. You just never know.” - Robbie Farah

While making the top eight remains the primary goal for Farah and the Tigers, the 33-year-old was unsure whether his relatively inexperienced team – particularly in some key positions – could go all the way this year.

“I really don’t know what we’re capable of doing to be honest. It’s possible. Is it probable? Probably not, if I’m being honest,” he said.

"But who knows? It’s not something we’ve spoken about as a playing group, it’s not something that JT’s spoken about. We’re just trying to learn every day, continue to improve, work hard and we’ll see where that gets us.

“In 2005 I never thought I’d win a premiership, and look how that panned out. You just never know. You’ve just got to give yourself a chance and put yourself in the right position. And that’s what we’re doing.”

While many are excited by the prodigious talents of fullback James Tedesco, five-eighth Mitchell Moses and halfback Luke Brooks, Farah was quick to remind fans that potential did not guarantee success.

“It’s an exciting [spine], I wouldn’t say it’s good at the moment because we haven’t achieved anything. There’s definitely potential there if we continue to work hard and learn under JT’s guidance and the coaching staff, we can definitely fulfil that potential,” he said.

“They’re an exciting bunch of kids and I’m very happy to have them alongside me to be able to work with them and influence them and guide them throughout their careers – especially in the early part [because] I won’t be around for much longer. But hopefully I can instil in them some of the knowledge and experiences that I’ve had throughout my career and the lessons that I’ve learnt.”

After helping NSW break their Origin drought last season, Farah is now focused on ticking the final box in what has been a decorated 13-year career: captaining his Tigers to a premiership victory.

“It’s the most motivating thing for me at the moment,” the skipper said. "Obviously I look back and I’ve ticked a lot of boxes in what I’ve done, but that’s definitely up there with something that still drives me very strongly. Everyone knows how passionate I am about this club. I never take for granted the position that I’m in to captain this club.

“It’s something that I love doing and I can think of nothing better than to be able to get us back into, first of all, semi-final footy, and if I had the opportunity to finish my career and captain this side to a premiership, I think that’ll do me. I’d probably give it away after that.”

These articles are getting tedious .Less talk and more action please.

Yes we should avoid the Media altogether…

Agree w/ Axel.
Actions speak louder than words.

Yes, THIS one is a regular each year…’'we want semis"

I would be worried if they were saying anything else. But thats just me.

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These articles are all there is in the offseason? Of course the media is gonna report these old bland stories because there is no action yet so all they can do is talk about players individual hype.

Also it’s impossible to avoid the media altogether. Robbie would know that he tried to do it last year and got attacked for running away

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@innsaneink:

Yes, THIS one is a regular each year…’'we want semis"

We as fans are desperate for them to make the finals as well.
Wests-tigers are an unknown quantity this season.
Anything can be achieved, a bit of self confidence, and of course having a healthy squad on the field. 😉

casting my mind back to probs 5 years ago when i read an article like this… it filled me with hope.

might not have any effect on me now but there are new people reading articles like this everyday and it’s a bonus if any of them get excited and decide to become members.

plus there are 7 other clubs who probs have the same articles as us coming out.

To be honest, all I want from this year is an ‘as close to minimal as possible’ injury season. I want to see what this team can actually do, playing together week in week out!

I’m sick and tired of waiting for one or the other of them to return from a 3 month stint on the sidelines, only for another key member of the team to go down, as soon as they do. Before we know it the season is over, while the previously injured are all still in the process of trying to gain match fitness. No more of this happening and I’ll be a happy person. Anything such as a top 8 finish, or higher, will be a bonus for me.

@Flippedy:

To be honest, all I want from this year is an ‘as close to minimal as possible’ injury season. I want to see what this team can actually do, playing together week in week out!

I’m sick and tired of waiting for one or the other of them to return from a 3 month stint on the sidelines, only for another key member of the team to go down, as soon as they do. Before we know it the season is over, while the previously injured are all still in the process of trying to gain match fitness. No more of this happening and I’ll be a happy person. Anything such as a top 8 finish, or higher, will be a bonus for me.

Plus a 100% all out effort every game (win or lose ) and I’ll be happy !

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@Flippedy:

To be honest, all I want from this year is an ‘as close to minimal as possible’ injury season. I want to see what this team can actually do, playing together week in week out!

I’m sick and tired of waiting for one or the other of them to return from a 3 month stint on the sidelines, only for another key member of the team to go down, as soon as they do. Before we know it the season is over, while the previously injured are all still in the process of trying to gain match fitness. No more of this happening and I’ll be a happy person. Anything such as a top 8 finish, or higher, will be a bonus for me.

Yeah spot on flip , some sort of continuity with our combinations without being interrupted with injuries .
This is one year where we simply can’t afford injuries due to the Departures of Blair , Thompson , Austin , Gavet , if injuries start happening we could be heading South quicker than we can blink and Morale will be very low .
Fingers crossed our injuries are to a bare minimum.
1 Week to go :sign:

Stuff potential.

Potential doesn’t win you any damn thing.
Drinkwater had/has potential and he’s at his fourth club.

Every season, each club has the potential to make the semi’s. Each year only half do - mostly they are the same teams.

I am sick of seeing a decent team put together only for it to fizzle out. Gee, the team we had in 2010, 11 & 12 were great but then we went from that to an absolute nightmare in a few short years.

We hold coaches and admin responsible - of course. But I don’t want to see players on TV shows multiple days a week. That’s what you do when you retire. I was sick of seeing Benji and Beau on the footy show every week laughing and joking when our team was slipping into oblivion.

Stuff potential.
If Brooks, Moses, Tedesco are that good - then they ARE that good. Do it this year - semis. Next year semis, the year after semis. With these young guys we should all look forward to 10 years of semi final football. Possibly one two grand final wins.

Stuff potential.

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Pretty hard to demonstrate actions when the season hasn;t actually started yet.
1 week to go.
C’MON THE TIGERS!

So it looks like we will potentially have a good season.
Go Tigers

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