Farah indicates 2019 will be his last season

Farah indicates 2019 will be his last season

Author - Alicia NewtonNRL.com Reporter

Timestamp - Fri 8 Feb 2019, 12:47 PM

Robbie Farah has indicated 2019 will likely be his last in the Telstra Premiership at the club’s season launch on Friday morning.

The 35-year-old hooker was on stage with the MC of the function, former Wests Tigers fullback Joel Caine, discussing what players get up to in their downtime.

While giving his company a plug, Farah suggested the season will be his final Telstra Premiership campaign before hanging up his boots.

Farah is in the process of preparing for life after football, launching events company Two4Seven last year, and he announced earlier in the week he will host an exclusive trip to Miami in February 2020.

“I’ll try and get over to the Super Bowl next year, once I’m retired which will be good in Miami,” Farah said.

“If anyone wants to come, give us a call.”

Farah re-signed with the Wests Tigers in August last season after returning to the club following an 18-month stint with South Sydney.

He conceded the uncertainty around his future last season almost caused him to retire before his beloved club came calling.

“I guess last year was a whirlwind year for me, it didn’t start off too well playing reserve grade and I did contemplate retiring right there and then,” Farah said.

"It’s difficult, you get towards the end of your career and it’s never the way you want to finish, playing in reserve grade, but then the stars aligned and found myself back at the Tigers.

"I found myself enjoying my football again. I went back with no expectations on this year ahead. I thought I’d enjoy my footy for 10 weeks and if that’s the way it’s going to end then I’m a content man.

“Not in my wildest dreams did I have think that [playing in 2019] would happen. The club’s in a great space at the moment and everyone is heading in the right direction.”

Along with Farah, club stalwart Chris Lawrence and Benji Marshall are off contract at season’s end.

Marshall, 33, extended his deal for a further season with the Tigers on the same day as Farah’s re-signing, while Lawrence, 30, is the youngest of the trio after making his debut in 2006.

The three former representative stars have a combined 705 games experience at the joint venture.

“For myself, Benji and the older guys, we’re not just building what we want to this year but trying to leave a lasting legacy so this club can have long-term success,” Farah said.

“I’m really excited about the year ahead and what we can achieve as a group.”

No mention of any ambassador role - seems as though he has enough to keep him occupied.

@TheDaBoss:

Bring on Liddle

I wouldnt say bring on Liddle.

Farah is going nowhere without a fight so it all comes down to Jacob Lidde actually earning his spot with quality football.

He has it in him but this club owes him nothing, he has to earn it.

I can’t see Madge handing out ‘feel good contracts’ like Cleary and Pascoe did.
Obviously it’s his last season.

If Farah has another great year and he wants to play on, then why not give him another year. He’s not injury prone, and still one of the best bookers out there. Also it is a good legal way to have him around the club.

Prefer Liddle myself for 2020!

I prefer Liddle right now. Robbie still tries to win it by himself and lacks pace.

Robbie won’t be around next year.

He’ll be too busy doing his ambassadeurs job .😉

He looked slow at times last year and I am not expecting improvement.

Most clubs have an established hooker and there are plenty looking for opportunities or without a deal.

I still cannot believe that we gave him and Benji new deals. Neither should be on any more than a minimum contract.

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