Former NRL star Matt Johns says the only way the Wests Tigers can put the Robbie Farah saga behind them is by winning games.
Confirmation that Farah will stay with the Wests Tigers is reportedly set to be announced within the next 48 hours, with the star hooker set to paid the full $1.9 million for seeing out the final two years of his NRL contract, according to News Corp Australia.
The club could also issue an apology to their fans for the way the matter has been handled, however Johns says none of that will matter if the Tigers fail to get off to a strong start to the season.
“The whole thing has been a straight out mess, there’s no doubt about it,” he told Triple M’s Grill Team.
“The most important thing is what happens from here, and the most important thing from here is they have to get off to a good start.
“If they are one win from six at the start of the year there are problems, and they’re aware of that, and the rot will really set in.”
Farah was given permission to look elsewhere in August despite having two years left to run on his contract before being warned he may be relegated to reserve grade if he stayed at the club.
The 31-year-old then approached the Tigers board for a release last week, which was unable to be negotiated.