The Wests Tigers should pay Robbie Farah whatever money he is owed, thus allowing everyone to get on with their lives. Please spare the game from the headlines of this ridiculous public spat.
Let me say right from the outset that I regard Robbie Farah as a mate. I have personally witnessed the tremendous work he has done away from the playing field in using his profile to raise money for so many worthwhile causes. He is a quality person.
I also have a great deal of time for Tigers coach Jason Taylor. We may not agree with a coach’s selection decisions from time to time, but I will defend to the hilt the right of any coach to select the team he thinks can win football games.
It goes without saying that the Wests Tigers are a massive brand in our game. They don’t need this rubbish. Nor do they need to be choosing sides here in some battle of wills to resolve such a difficult situation.
This spat is about the salary cap. It’s about Robbie’s back-ended and now very expensive playing contract and the Tigers wanting to remove this player from their roster.
It’s not Robbie’s fault his contract was constructed this way. He was owed money and this is how the club chose to restructure the deal. Now the contract amount is a burden to the club. All Robbie wants is the money to which he is entitled.
Suck it up. Pay the man his money. Allow him to leave with the respect he deserves, in return for the service he has given the club.
Concentrate on the players you have now and keep building this great club for the future, as you are no doubt trying to. Twelve months goes by pretty quickly. By season 2018, the Tigers can be in a wonderful position.
Very interesting statement from Phil Gould. It is DISGRACEFUL if that statement is true