The Wests Tigers’ troubled NRL season may end this weekend but unwanted skipper Robbie Farah remains every chance of being back on day one of pre-season in November
At least that’s what manager Sam Ayoub is sprouting after his client’s match-winning performance against the Warriors on Sunday.
Just five days after the 31-year-old was given permission to leave the club for the first time since debuting in 2003, Farah responded with a dominant outing in what could be his final home game in Tigers colours.
But while Ayoub has already admitted to holding talks with a number of clubs on signing the NSW No.9, the player manager says there’s no guarantee Farah will simply walk away from the final two years of his current deal.
Asked on the possibility of Farah staying put at Concord, he said: “To be honest, that’s a question you’d have to ask the Tigers.
“He’s got a contract and as far as we’re concerned, he’s there.”
The timing of the club’s announcement is likely to be the biggest detriment to severing ties with the long-serving clubman, with the 2016 salary caps of most clubs already filled to the brim.
The Kangaroos representative is also understood to be keen on staying in Sydney, ensuring the Tigers will be hard-pressed in finding a willing club capable of fitting him in over the summer.
Farah wound back the clock to be at his scheming best on Sunday, scoring one try and setting up three others in an emotional afternoon at Campbelltown.
The win lifted the Tigers off the bottom of the ladder, but they remain a chance of being handed their first wooden spoon in the club’s history should they lose to St George-Illawarra this Saturday.