Robbie Farah will return to the Wests Tigers in a fresh new position
MARCH 3, 20178:06PM
FORMER Wests Tigers star Robbie Farah will return to his old club after a colossal exit last season.
Farah, a 247-game veteran, was booted from the Tigers after being dropped to reserve grade late in 2016. Farah signed with the South Sydney Rabbitohs for the 2017 season, seemingly putting the Tigers out of his mind, but now the 33-year-old will be returning to the inner-west based club.
According to Channel Seven’s Josh Massoud, Farah will rejoin the Tigers in a corporate position after his career on the field ends. Farah will play the role of an ambassador in what is currently understood to be a four-year contract.
Massoud pondered on the decision, poking at the irony of the situation considering the hooker’s exit on bad terms.
“He’ll be mingling with fans and corporates, promoting the sponsors — which is very ironic given the way he was released from the club,” he said.
“(It’s) absolutely amazing, the deal was struck back in 2015 after the Tigers issued an apology for mistreating him. Fast-forward a year and he was released from the club. Somehow, this job was overlooked.”
Farah will take up the position two years after his retirement from the NRL.
Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor has extended the olive branch to Robbie Farah, and now it’s time for him to mould the club in his image.
The post-Farah era at the Tigers begins at ANZ Stadium on Friday night — as it happens, against Farah’s new team South Sydney.
While the pair’s feud continues to bubble along four months after the NSW Origin hooker cleaned out his locker at Concord, the heat is on Taylor to drive the joint venture back to the top eight.
The Tigers haven’t played in the finals since 2011, and the feeling is they can no longer lean on their “youngsters” tag and notional potential. Fullback James Tedesco and halves Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses — who’ve been entrusted with the club’s future — are off contract and will be out to prove they deserve big paydays.
The Tigers looked headed for the top eight in 2016 before losing three of their last four games, including a 52-10 flogging to Canberra in the final round. “We’ve had a really strong pre-season. Everything that we’ve worked on has been a development on everything we’ve done over the last few years,” Taylor said. “We haven’t chucked anything out and started again. We’ve been developing our style over time now and coming into our third year it means we should be understanding that even better.” Taylor wanted to make it clear he harboured no bad blood with Farah, wishing him well and predicting he’ll bloom following his change of scenery. “I thought he played really strong in the Charity Shield. It looks like a change has been good for Robbie and I’m sure he’ll play well. I’m sure he’ll have a good season,” Taylor said.
Despite playing a club-record 247 games, being a club life member, former skipper and premiership winner, Farah was effectively forced out after he was dumped to reserve grade.
Farah was given a lifeline by Souths and said in February he’d moved on from his feud with Taylor.
Souths coach Michael Maguire said of Farah: “He’s been spoken about a lot but he’s just fitted in well.
“He’s just looking forward to playing … He wants to let his actions on the field do the talking.” Tigers winger Moses Suli, who was signed to a three-year deal reported to be worth $1.2 million, is expected to make his debut against the Rabbitohs in place of the suspended Tim Simona.