Farah opens up on rift with Taylor...


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    Robbie Farah opens up on rift with Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor
    February 13, 2016 9:48pm
    EXCLUSIVE Peter Badel
    The Courier-Mail

    ROBBIE Farah has opened up about his rift with Tigers coach Jason Taylor and his decision to walk away from the captaincy, admitting: “I never wanted to go through what I went through last year.”

    One of the code’s most polarising characters, Farah broke his silence on the most turbulent period of his decorated career, revealing he is again happy in life and football.

    It has been a gut-wrenching past six months for the NSW Origin hooker, who was told by coach Taylor last August that he was surplus to requirements for the 2016 season.

    But after digging his heels in, Farah survived, smoked the peace pipe with Taylor and showed on Saturday night why he is NSW’s premier hooker by helping the Tigers to an 18-16 trial defeat of the Storm.

    There is a view Farah’s relationship with Taylor is beyond repair following the events of last season, but the 32-year-old has promised Tigers fans a bumper campaign in 2016.

    “The last three or four months I have found my happiness again,” he said.

    “The best thing I ever did was to stand down from the captaincy and it’s allowed me to go to training, focus on myself and not get caught up and distracted in everything else around me.

    “I don’t worry about that stuff anymore. That’s been good for me to take a back seat with the captaincy.

    “While I’m still a leader, a lot of the other commitments that come with the captaincy, it has been a burden for me.”

    Farah, who returned to Australia on Wednesday after attending the Super Bowl, has been labelled an abrasive personality but says even his teammates have noticed a calmer individual in pre-season.

    “I’m a bit of a footy head and I used to take my stresses home with me, but now I go to training and rip in and when I go home, I switch off and relax,” he said.

    “I feel refreshed now and I think the boys will tell you I’m a lot more relaxed with the way I’ve been training and hopefully I’ll take that into what will be a good season for me.

    “I’ll admit I struggled with a lot of things, especially with the circumstances around our club in the last couple of years.

    “When you are the captain, you are in the forefront of everything going on and people are coming to you wanting answers.

    “It was a weight on my shoulders and that’s affected my footy to be honest in the last couple of years.

    “I wasn’t enjoying my football for a while but I can definitely say the last three or four months has changed my mindset.”

    Farah insists he can work with Taylor this season and has pledged to play a more attacking style in 2016 after an off-season appraisal with halves Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses.

    “I don’t want to dwell on the past too much,” he said.

    “Everyone knows the timeline and the process, I was staying and going.

    “It was a difficult time, but I’ve put it to bed with Jason and I’m here, hopefully for good.

    “It’s a club I love, I never wanted to go through what I went through last year. But we’ve dealt with it, I’ve moved on and I’m making sure I have a good season.

    “We’ve set some goals. I’m working on our attacking structure with Mitchell and Brooksy. We have made good progress there so he has given me a lot of confidence.

    “While we aren’t the finished product, we are excited about the little changes we have made with our structures.”

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/robbie-farah-opens-up-on-rift-with-wests-tigers-coach-jason-taylor/news-story/d3767122b757a6dd289bb3e20969440f



  • I’m still trying to understand how this article explains the riff… Lol

    I hate the telecrap



  • The club and the fans got the best outcome in the end.

    Farahs time as captain had to come to an end. However he still still be a very valuable player around the team.

    I reckon him and the team could have our best year in a few years if they stay fit and healthy.


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    “I’ll admit I struggled with a lot of things, especially with the circumstances around our club in the last couple of years.

    “When you are the captain, you are in the forefront of everything going on and people are coming to you wanting answers.

    “It was a weight on my shoulders and that’s affected my footy to be honest in the last couple of years.

    So it seems other issues were around even before Taylor got here…interesting…

    I hope the burden is truly lifted and we see Farah circa 2010/11 return…It will go a long way to success in 2016…



  • I’m not convinced much has changed with Robbie after reading about his treatment of Tigers fans (including children) after the game on Saturday.


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    @Sabre:

    I’m not convinced much has changed with Robbie after reading about his treatment of Tigers fans (including children) after the game on Saturday.

    Really …what sort of treatment…?



  • It’s still all about Farah though isn’t it? If things were so tough, then why is it only now that he admits as much? It was always no problem, all’s good, our relationship is fine…Now not so much. He’s fullof it and with Balin and Cherro nipping at his heels, he’s forced to tow the line. Should make for a really good season.



  • @Geo.:

    “I’ll admit I struggled with a lot of things, especially with the circumstances around our club in the last couple of years.

    “When you are the captain, you are in the forefront of everything going on and people are coming to you wanting answers.

    “It was a weight on my shoulders and that’s affected my footy to be honest in the last couple of years.

    So it seems other issues were around even before Taylor got here…interesting…


    I hope the burden is truly lifted and we see Farah circa 2010/11 return…It will go a long way to success in 2016…

    Seems like he’s finally woken up that it’s not all about him ?
    Time will be the judge , bring on round 1 !



  • @Eddie:

    I reckon him and the team could have our best year in a few years if they stay fit and healthy.

    Gee,i hope your right but i can’t see our Pack having any chance against the top 8 teams but time will tell.Bookies,the big online ones,have their mouths talking us up again,young Team,Brooks ,Moses,Robbie has a point to prove, etc,but it was the same last year,treating Punters as mugs.
    The after match interview on the W/end with JT was the most relaxed i’ve seen him since he was appointed ''ácting" Coach,he actually looked like he had normal blood flow to his face/head.



  • @Geo.:

    @Sabre:

    I’m not convinced much has changed with Robbie after reading about his treatment of Tigers fans (including children) after the game on Saturday.

    Really …what sort of treatment…?

    Apparently fans waited for players to come over and sign autographs/take photos/etc. All obliged and were happy to have a chat and spend time with the locals and fans who had made the trip - all except Robbie who kept walking. Walked straight past the fans and ignored them when they called out to him.



  • @Sabre:

    @Geo.:

    @Sabre:

    I’m not convinced much has changed with Robbie after reading about his treatment of Tigers fans (including children) after the game on Saturday.

    Really …what sort of treatment…?

    Apparently fans waited for players to come over and sign autographs/take photos/etc. All obliged and were happy to have a chat and spend time with the locals and fans who had made the trip - all except Robbie who kept walking. Walked straight past the fans and ignored them when they called out to him.

    Hopefully one of the Forumers that went to the game can confirm if this was the case……if that is true that Robbie walked past fans while being called out ? well then he should of stayed in the US and waited for the next Super Bowl next year. :brick:



  • I for one would like to stop seeing a Robbie this or Farah that article in the paper every week or so. Put your head down, focus on the team & your game & the articles will be about performances, not dramas, storytelling or internal friction at the club.



  • Robbie’s self-appraisal seems an honest assessment of his goals, behaviour and relationships within and outside the club.
    Seems happier and less stressed without the Captaincy.
    Hope he and the rest of the boys have an outstanding season…. :sign:



  • @Tigermama:

    Robbie’s self-appraisal seems an honest assessment of his goals, behaviour and relationships within and outside the club.
    Seems happier and less stressed without the Captaincy.
    Hope he and the rest of the boys have an outstanding season…. :sign:

    Seems exactly the same to me. Still looks arrogant and self centered. No one doubts the stories of him walking past fans on Saturday.
    Yes he talks about less stress and fittest his ever been but basically his the same arrogant person who got rid of the last two coaches and will be trying to do the same again this year.



  • @Fumbles:

    @Tigermama:

    Robbie’s self-appraisal seems an honest assessment of his goals, behaviour and relationships within and outside the club.
    Seems happier and less stressed without the Captaincy.
    Hope he and the rest of the boys have an outstanding season…. :sign:

    Seems exactly the same to me. Still looks arrogant and self centered. No one doubts the stories of him walking past fans on Saturday.
    Yes he talks about less stress and fittest his ever been but basically his the same arrogant person who got rid of the last two coaches and will be trying to do the same again this year.

    If you say so… 😒


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