The Sunday Mail (Queensland)
Tigers’ turmoil can increase with a wooden spoon
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.’’