Farah forever grateful for O'Farrell's support

  • https://www.nrl.com/news/2019/03/29/farah-forever-grateful-for-ofarrells-support/

    Robbie Farah’s NRL autumn years are fast turning into an Indian summer, the veteran hooker lapping up the support of two Wests Tigers’ top brass that stood by him during his darkest days.

    Farah’s dismissal from his junior club three years ago ranks among rugby league’s messiest exits.

    But while there’s 15 NRL rivals to potentially pick up the pieces with, you only get one mum.

    And Farah’s loss of his mother, Sonia Farah’s death after her battle with pancreatic cancer days after her son blitzed a 2012 Origin outing, still trumps anything the game can toss up.

    Former NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell, who has recently taken over as Wests Tigers chairman, offering his support both during Sonia’s illness and after her passing stuck with Farah. Especially now they’ve both at Concord along with Michael Maguire, rugby league’s swings and roundabouts drawing the trio together from Farah’s toughest times to an unexpected Tigers swansong.

    "I’ve had a relationship with Barry for many a yea. When he was premier of NSW he actually came to my mum’s funeral and at the time that meant a hell of a lot.

    "I remember I’d organised for my mother to be at that Origin to watch me play and she was meant to be in a corporate box.

    "She never made it in the end but Barry had a big bunch of flowers there waiting for her with a nice little message. Things like that stay with you and he’s a great man.

    "He’s someone that I’ve had a relationship with for a long time and he’s someone that I’ve stayed in touch with throughout the years.

    “There was talk a couple of years ago that he might have come on as a chairman, but it never eventuated. It’s great that we’ve finally got our man. I’m over the moon that he’s finally involved in the club.”

    At 35 and in his 18th season of first grade, Farah figured he’d be retired or playing in England by now, not claiming back-to-back man of the match awards as he lines up to take on Canterbury this Sunday, or hinting at possibly playing beyond 2019.

    It was Maguire who kept his career going, tossing out a Rabbitohs lifeline during the 2016 off-season.

    Again, the support Farah received has him confident the Tigers are tracking for success under the watch of he, O’Farrell and CEO Justin Pascoe once the latter’s NRL-suspension expires in June.

    Farah doesn’t shirk Maguire’s reputation as a brutal taskmaster.

    “Name me one team who’s won a premiership without hard work,” he says. But it doesn’t sit well when the coach’s common touch goes unnoticed either.

    Not when it has Farah filling his boots rather than hanging them up.

    “I’m grateful and fortunate to be working under him, I enjoyed my time under him at the Bunnies and I think he’s the right man to take the Tigers forward,” Farah said.

    "He stripped it right back [at South Sydney]. He just wanted me to enjoy my football. He took most of the responsibility away from me in terms of leadership and all those things.

    "He just said ‘I don’t want you to worry about that, I just want you to play good football’.

    "Even media, ‘he said don’t worry about talking to them, just enjoy yourself and being around the boys’.

    "It was good for me at the time, it was a circus back then after leaving the Tigers and it allowed me to focus on my footy.

  • Farah needs to get over it and stop doing media over something that happened long ago.
    I’m sick of hearing about “dark days”.
    Just play football and shut it.

  • The darkest days were the death of his mum…he can remember her as much as he wants to be honest. I won’t judge a person for remembering a loved one

  • Completely agree the most important part of anyones life should be their family

  • @matchball:

    Farah needs to get over it and stop doing media over something that happened long ago.
    I’m sick of hearing about “dark days”.
    Just play football and shut it.

    You could at least read the article not just jump in with your hatred of the guy.

  • His mother died 7 years ago. Yet we hear about it every 6 months in a fluff piece.
    Everyone suffers loss but it’s time to move in from this.
    Next week it will be darkest days when JT punted him.

    This is the part of Robbie that I hate the most. A media hog with nothing really new to add, it’s just about him and his emotions every time.

  • He’s not writing the articles or asking the questions though. The media flog the same themes to death - they are so one dimensional therefore our perception of players becomes one dimensional.

  • Appreciate the weststigers are playing as a team.

  • I most certainly do. Why can’t the story about that?
    Why does it always have to be an emotional hit piece that’s been done to death, literally.
    I like how Robbie plays but I can’t cop this angle of poor me.
    How many NRL players have lost parents since Sonia died? We’ll never know because players don’t harp on about it every 6 months.
    I want to hear about football, I couldn’t give a toss what any players life outside football.

  • Don’t think anything could beat us on Sunday…… I think 🤐

  • Robbie’s 18th season ….

    Maybe he is 40 or played under a different name at some stage

    Maybe his surname was Mears for a while

    The press hey …don’t let the truth get in the way of a story

    Good to see Robbie is in a good place …hopefully he can stay there until September

  • Prefer he stays that way until October…

  • Farah is a different person to the one that was punted out. He has been humbled by the experience. He left a boy and came back a man.

  • Patriot, while I have bean a supporter of Farah over the years and admire his love for his mother what is always whitewashed (and is unforgivable) was his disgraceful comment about Julia Gillard, our first female PM. While he subsequently apologised for it, there is no escaping from the fact Farah aligned himself with people now greatly despised in Tony Abbott and Alan Jones,.

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    They should celebrate with a bottle of Grange…

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