Laurie Daley has reached out to embattled hooker Robbie Farah, throwing his support behind the NSW rake and exhorting him to fight for his NRL spot at Wests Tigers.
NSW coach Daley has been one of Farah’s strongest supporters since his bitter feud with Tigers coach Jason Taylor broke out late last year, saying he would have no hesitation picking him for State of Origin from reserve grade.
Daley wasn’t forced to do that this year. But after Farah was dumped to NSW Cup last week, the Blues mentor rang Farah to offer his support.
“I spoke to him last week and just said you have to go back and work hard and just keep playing well,” Daley told AAP at the launch of Fox Sports’ Retro Round.
“Robbie is a wonderful player and he still has a lot of footy left in him.
“He is still a first grader, all he can do at the moment is put some form together and try and convince JT that he is the best man for the job.”
Farah was again on Tuesday named in NSW Cup for the Tigers this weekend. Retiring utility Dene Halatau has again been preferred at No.9 with young rake Manaia Cherrington on an extended bench for Saturday’s round 21 match with Parramatta as the Tigers bid to keep their slim finals hopes alive.
Daley said he didn’t have an issue with Taylor’s decision, or the coach himself.
“That is the coaches’ decision and that is his issue because he has to answer to whoever,” Daley said.
“You can never blame a coach for making those decisions because he is in charge but everybody knows what I think of Robbie as a player.”
“You just hope that they can come to some sort of arrangement and get on with.
“I know Robbie doesn’t want it and I’m sure the Tigers don’t either.
“Robbie knows they have a good team there, he wants to get back into first grade and try and help them get into the finals.”