Unwanted Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah has ruled out a move to the Super League but says he’s no closer to knowing where he’ll be playing his football next NRL season.
The 31-year-old left Sydney for Bali on Wednesday to ponder his immediate playing future, three weeks after being told by the club he was free to move out of Concord at the end of this season.
And while Leeds had already been mentioned as possible suitors, Farah said a desire to keep his NSW State of Origin jumper meant he would return to Australia for the pre-season.
The Blues hooker re-affirmed his commitment to Origin next year at the Blues’ gala night on Monday.
“I love this jersey more than anything for many reasons, one of them very obvious. It took on a lot more significance for me a few years ago and my family,” he said.
The NSW deputy dramatically missed this year’s decider due to a broken hand, with Cronulla rake Michael Ennis taking his place in the team that was forced to hand back the shield to Queensland.
Farah said he was determined to make amends next season, ensuring he would not be lost to England.
“While it killed me to miss (game three), the call at the time was the right one,” he said.
“I want to make sure I am back there next year to do everything I can for the jersey, for Loz (coach Laurie Daley) and for the boys.”
The 13-year professional has been linked with a number of clubs for next season, including South Sydney, Newcastle and, most recently, St George-Illawarra.
And while Farah had stated a number of times he still had two years remaining on his current deal with the Tigers, he was non-committal on whether he would remain at Concord.
Pressed on whether he would show up for day one of pre-season in early November, he said: “The honest answer is I haven’t given it much thought.
“It was a pretty crazy end to the season and I am at a stage where I want to get away and not think about footy for a while.
“I am not in a rush to come up with a call. I am pretty sure I know where I stand.
“I just have to make a call.”
Tigers chairperson Marina Go told Fairfax Media recently they were willing to release Farah to build a winning culture.
Ironically, Farah was presented with a True Blue award on Tuesday for his contribution to team culture.
“The opinion of Laurie Daley is one that is well respected and means a lot to me. I like his opinion,” Farah said.