Robbie Farah is set to become a permanent bench player for Wests Tigers with coach Jason Taylor indicating that’s his plan.
The Tigers (6-8) have won four games when without Farah this season, and were again victorious on Friday night against South Sydney when the NSW hooker came off the bench.
And while there was much conjecture before that match about whether former skipper Farah would retain his starting spot, Taylor has suggested his strong bench role is the way forward.
“It’s the clear direction for us as a club, and it’s a positive direction,” Taylor told Sky Sports Radio’s Big Sports Breakfast.
“I think it’s the direction of the future and we will keep rolling our way down that path.”
The Tigers have won three of their past four matches, and now find themselves just two points out of the top eight in 13th position.
Taylor puts that largely down to a change in the club’s tactics, which has allowed halves Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks to take more control of the game while dangerous fullback James Tedesco is able to receive more early ball.
“What that means is some tough decisions around the style of play, so that’s the reason behind some of the decisions that we have made over the past five or six weeks,” Taylor said.
“Robbie missed a few games and the team has played really well, so we want to keep rolling in that fashion.”
Taylor also defended his decision to rest Farah from the Tigers round 13 loss to the Roosters, a decision that was seen as the latest episode in a feud between the pair after the 246-game veteran was reportedly upset at missing the game.
“It wasn’t a mistake, it was the right decision with what Robbie had been through in the Origin game but also the head knock that was pretty severe that he received,” Taylor said.
“And also that we wanted to keep the team rolling in that fashion we had.”
Farah’s position at the Tigers has appeared unsettled since the end of last season when Taylor told the 2005 premiership winner he could look elsewhere.