Rejected Farah will be an awesome reserve-grader
IF IT was his last home game for the Wests Tigers, what a hell of way for Robbie Farah to go out.
To say it had been a trying week for the Tigers skipper would be an understatement.
Coach Jason Taylor, with the blessing of the Tigers’ board, told Farah on Tuesday he was virtually unwanted and free to play elsewhere in 2016, despite having two more years to run on his deal.
If Farah stayed, he risked being banished to the NSW Cup.
So Farah responded in the best possible fashion by scor- ing a try and setting up another three in the Tigers’ 50-16 thumping of New Zealand Warriors.
He also made five tackle busts and 31 tackles.
The huge victory moved the Tigers off the bottom of the NRL ladder. It was a fitting farewell for Super Leaguebound favourites Pat Richards and Keith Galloway.
The 6711 fans waved banners, chanted the captain’s name, and generally made it clear they were Team Farah on this one.
Taylor was booed when he appeared briefly on the field before kick-off.
The coach and Farah sat side by side at the press conference, with Taylor requesting no questions be asked about the skipper’s future.
“Keith Galloway and Pat Richards had their last home games for the club, they’re legends of the club, and we certainly don’t want to have other things dominating what is a great day for those two,’’ Taylor said.
But Farah was happy to discuss his forced exit.
“It’s been a crazy week. My focus was on this game, and I tried to block (the drama) out from day one,’’ Farah said.
“I spoke on Wednesday morning and I wanted to speak to put it behind us and move on.
“I came into training every day to train as hard as I could to show the boys I wasn’t going to let it affect me or the team.
“The performance today speaks louder than words.’’
Asked if he could work with Taylor if he stayed on next year, Farah said: “From my end that’s never been a problem, and it won’t be a problem.”