Farah floats idea of walking off into sunset with Benji



  • Farah floats idea of walking off into sunset with Benji
    Author NRL.com Timestamp Mon 30 Jul 2018, 05:27 PM

    Premiership-winning teammates Robbie Farah and Benji Marshall may end up also retiring together if the Wests Tigers duo decide that the 2018 Telstra Premiership season will be their last.

    After winning the title with the Tigers in 2005, Marshall and Farah left the club in 2013 and 2016 respectively to go their separate ways.

    As fate would have it they have ended up back at Concord Oval for the back third of the season - Marshall came from the Broncos in the pre-season and Farah from the Rabbitohs in round 16.

    The two 30-somethings are also both off contract this year.

    Farah revealed on Inside the NRL on Monday that Marshall’s next move might also determine his.

    “I haven’t spoken to him about it [playing on] but I’m sure we probably will discuss it,” Farah said.

    "If he was to finish up this year, it would probably sway me to finish up. It would be nice to finish with Benj.

    “If he does play next year, I don’t know.”

    Farah says he has a tough decision to make and he hasn’t yet heard what coach Ivan Cleary or Wests Tigers club officials have in mind.

    “There’s a lot of things to weigh up,” he told NRL.com

    "When I originally went back to the Tigers I thought this would be a great way for me to end and play the back end of the season and hopefully win some footy games.

    "Now I’ve gone back I’m really enjoying my time; I feel like I’m playing some decent footy; and the club is in a really good space.

    “To be honest I haven’t had that conversation with Ivan or anyone at the club, so I’m really not sure.”

    Farah has an ambassador role at the Tigers waiting for him whenever he does retire. He just celebrated his 250th game with the Tigers two weeks ago - he now has 277 after his time at South Sydney.

    He could conceivably reach the NRL’s prestigious 300-game club if he continued in 2019.

    “You sit back and everyone says you’d rather finish your career early than go too long. And for me I probably felt that earlier in the year when I was stuck in reserve grade at Souths,” Farah said.

    “I was thinking this isn’t the way I wanted to finish my career.”

    But he added there was no guarantees he would still be playing a good style of footy next year.

    “They are the things I have to weigh up - if I believe I still can play some good footy,” he said.

    “You don’t want to go a year too long but then you hear other people saying you’re a long time retired.”



  • If we don’t offer either a contract if they want one ……what will happen



  • I hope that both retire this year.There is nothing worse than seeing someone play for too long(thurston is a classic example of that)


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    1 more year…



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    If we don’t offer either a contract if they want one ……what will happen

    From what they have both said, they will retire.



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    If we don’t offer either a contract if they want one ……what will happen

    From what they have both said, they will retire.

    I don’t think Robbie wants to ……

    Just putting it out there , 300 will be very tempting



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    If we don’t offer either a contract if they want one ……what will happen

    From what they have both said, they will retire.

    I don’t think Robbie wants to ……

    Just putting it out there , 300 will be very tempting

    What if he wants to play the year after cos he’s tempted to play 300 games for us?



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    If we don’t offer either a contract if they want one ……what will happen

    From what they have both said, they will retire.

    I don’t think Robbie wants to ……

    Just putting it out there , 300 will be very tempting

    What if he wants to play the year after cos he’s tempted to play 300 games for us?

    And thats what is also concerning

    The decision needs to be made for the right reasons , on the footy field , not winning votes with good fuzzy feeling story with fans

    If Robbie finished the story with the form he showed in the first few games , it must be considered if we haven’t found a better option

    If Friday night is what we see for the next 5 weeks , we need to make that tough call



  • Once upon a time the club would have offered each of them top money and have their contracts on the table very early. Nowadays though, the club will be sorting out their main roster and seeing what coin is left to offer Benji and Farah.

    I think if they want to play on it will be on limited money and that may convince them to pull up stumps.



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    From what they have both said, they will retire.

    I don’t think Robbie wants to ……

    Just putting it out there , 300 will be very tempting

    What if he wants to play the year after cos he’s tempted to play 300 games for us?

    And thats what is also concerning

    The decision needs to be made for the right reasons , on the footy field , not winning votes with good fuzzy feeling story with fans

    If Robbie finished the story with the form he showed in the first few games , it must be considered if we haven’t found a better option

    If Friday night is what we see for the next 5 weeks , we need to make that tough call

    If it’s true and Nathan is to come in 2019, I would say Robbie is surplus. Marshall too. I’d have Liddle and Reynolds as the hooking options. It’s the right time for both of them. Marshall’s novelty has worn off somewhat, but Farah’s hasn’t as yet. Better off going out when the majority of the supporter base is behind him, than risk not being up to the riggers of another long season and having the supporters turn on you and want you to retire the same way they want Marshall to.



  • Benji has been excellent this year. Can’t believe the amount of flak he has copped for a 34 year old that came back for a small contract and a bench role and has helped us win 9 games and started nearly all year for a 800k signing that managed 4 games.

    Without Benji this year we would have seen Gamble playing or someone ordinary and had about 3-4 loss wins near the bottom of the table.

    They will probably both retire.

    Play on at 35 with an average roster around you whats really to look forward to?

    Another 10th place and sore bodies and flak from fans and pundits.

    Its not like they will be missing a Premiership in 2019.


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    As I have stated elsewhere we can hedge our bets by keeping Farah on minimum coin with a guarantee of about 15 minutes a week minimum until he achieves his 300 game milestone. He can play almost anywhere in the spine and only playing part time will protect his body. Both sides have to get something out of it. He can’t be expected to keep 100% fit and available for only spasmodic back up. As well he can mentor the youngsters and perform his ambassadorial duties for extra coin.

    But frankly speaking the healing and 250th Tiger game is done that is great - anything else is cream on the cake for both sides if mutually beneficial.



  • If we sign Nathan for 2018 both will go.

    If we dont sign Nathan one or both will stay.

    Simple maths



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    If we sign Nathan for 2018 both will go.

    If we dont sign Nathan one or both will stay.

    Simple maths

    Yep …. was just going down the same train of thought.



  • Both will play on for sure and retire with 300 NRL games. Ivan wants them for depth next year and will play for reasonable money. They will go one more year.


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