Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has backed his former assistant Jason Taylor’s efforts in his first season in charge of troubled Wests Tigers.
While Robinson’s Roosters top the NRL ladder, Taylor’s Tigers are last with a 7-15 record and are now trying to offload veteran skipper Robbie Farah despite him having two more years on his deal.
Robinson was adamant 31-year-old NSW Origin hooker Farah, who has played more than 230 first grade game for the Tigers since his debut in 2003, would have little trouble finding a new home, though it remains to be seen whether that is in the NRL or overseas.
“Robbie will be wanted, that will be clear,” Robinson said on Thursday.
“There will be clubs that would be mad not to think about getting a player of his quality.”
Robinson felt Taylor, who was his assistant for the Roosters’ premiership in 2013 and also in 2014, was doing well in his first year as Tigers head coach.
“It has been strong this year and he’s been leading the way, he’s a very good coach and he’s given them some direction,” Robinson said.
“Not everyone is going to agree with that and people are allowed to have their opinions, but obviously JT (Taylor) and the club have decided on a path and they need to make sure it works and Robbie (Farah) is still going to have a say in that as well.
“I think he (Taylor) has done well first year.
“It’s been a tough period for a long time for Wests Tigers, but they seem as solid as they’ve ever been for a while.”