The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Tigers’ tur­moil can in­crease with a wooden spoon

- STEVE ZEMEK

AF­TER a week in which cap­tain Rob­bie Farah was punted from the joint ven­ture club, the Wests Tigers must turn their at­ten­tion to avoid­ing their first wooden spoon.

The Tigers’ play­ing group is in­sis­tent man­age­ment’s de­ci­sion to ask Farah to leave has not af­fected it.

Prop Aaron Woods said Farah’s con­trac­tual talks were none of his busi­ness while their skip­per re­mained up­beat, mak­ing it a non-is­sue.

“No one re­ally wants to know (Farah’s) busi­ness, we want to stay away from it,” Woods said.

“We want to get off the bot­tom of the ta­ble and if it is Rob’s last year we don’t want to send him out with a wooden spoon.”

Farah has been told he can play else­where be­cause his heav­ily back-ended con­tract, re­ported to be worth $950,000 per sea­son for the fi­nal two years, was set to con­sume a lion’s share of their salary cap.

Coach Jason Tay­lor is in­sis­tent they must start with a clean slate af­ter a poor 2015 which sees them 16th, two points be­hind Gold Coast, with two reg­u­lar sea­son games left.

Wins against the War­riors to­day and the Dragons on Satur­day could lift them out of last spot.

The War­riors have fallen from fourth af­ter 18 rounds to 10th af­ter six straight losses.

“No one wants to get the wooden spoon,” Woods said.

“We’ve had 10 games this year where we’ve been close and we could’ve, should’ve won.’’

 ??  ?? CUT LOOSE: Rob­bie Farah.
CUT LOOSE: Rob­bie Farah.

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