WESTS Tigers are sensationally poised to part company with club legend Robbie Farah.
The Daily Telegraph can reveal the amazing split could be announced as early as this week.
In a bombshell turn, Wests Tigers directors discussed the shock development at a high-powered board meeting on Tuesday night.
The club continues to struggle with intense and ongoing salary cap issues.
It is highly unlikely that Farah will be at Concord for the start of next season.
Wests Tigers officials were on Tuesday night trying formulate a soft way for the decision to be explained to club fans and members.
Farah, 31, still has two years to run on his current contract where he is due to earn $1 million a season in a heavily back-ended deal.
The club knows that some big-money stars must be moved on if they hope to sign some new players in the next year.
The Tigers know the decision will cause angst among their fans, given what Farah has achieved at the club.
It is a sensitive issue but the club is all-too aware they need to cull some senior players on big money.
Several English Super League clubs are known to be interested in Farah.
No doubt though NRL clubs will also show robust interest in the champion hooker.
Farah may baulk at England given his desire to represent NSW in State of Origin.
NRL clubs have known for several weeks now that Farah could become a free agent for 2016.
Farah is a club legend who was part of the club’s famous 2005 grand final-winning side.
One well-placed source said: “These decisions are always difficult when it comes to players like Robbie, who have given so much to the club.”
Friends have claimed Farah has feared being pushed out of the club for the past few months.
And he may not be the only casualty of the club’s tight salary cap.
Other senior players at Concord on big money, including former Test player Chris Lawrence, will also come under scrutiny.
Farah certainly polarises people.
Creative and tough, Farah is one of the greatest players in Wests Tigers’ history.
He has though endured some drama.
Farah was though accused of playing a role in the sacking of Wests Tigers’ past two coaches, Tim Sheens and Mick Potter. Farah strenuously denied this.
And Farah was also said to have been at loggerheads with former club champion Benji Marshall. Again, this was denied.
Farah will captain Wests Tigers in Sunday’s match against New Zealand Warriors at Campbelltown Stadium.
Club veterans Keith Galloway and Pat Richards will also move on after this season.
Galloway will play in England, Richards will retire.
Farah is due to speak with the media this morning.
Wests Tigers statement on Captain Robbie Farah
Wests Tigers has tonight confirmed that Captain Robbie Farah has been granted permission to investigate opportunities to continue his playing career at another Club following the 2015 NRL season.
Farah has been a key member of the Wests Tigers playing squad since making his debut in 2003 and has made an invaluable contribution to the Club both on and off the field in that time.
The decision was not made lightly but ultimately allows the Club a chance to restructure the football team to allow for future success.
Farah has played 236 games for Wests Tigers since making his debut for the Club in 2003, was a member of the 2005 Premiership winning team and inducted as a Wests Tigers Life Member in 2013.
The Club intends on treating Farah with the upmost respect during this process and will make no further comment until his playing future is decided.
Mixed feelings on this. He has been a great servant of this club. Definitely had his ups and downs. I hope the club is true to their word and they do treat him with the utmost respect. I guess the writing has been on the wall and might explain some of his poor form
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Has been a great club man but it was time. He has looked completely disinterested since the Potter affair. He was doing himself or his playing group that he was meant to be leading a disservice continuing with the charade.
Im all for a total clean out, coach next if results dont improve quickly next year.
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