Having faced a similar situation himself, Robbie Farah claims Nathan Peats is the player who least deserves to be moved on by Parramatta to help the club get under the NRL salary cap.
Peats confirmed on Tuesday that the Eels had approached him to leave as they rush to be cap-compliant before Friday’s clash with South Sydney.
Farah, who was asked to leave Wests Tigers last year to ease the club’s salary cap pressures before eventually staying put, empathised for his fellow dummy-half.
“He’s been there for many years, been outstanding for them. He’s always played injured, played tough,” Farah said on Wednesday.
“And now he’s in a situation where, does he take a bullet for the team and sacrifice himself, when they’ve gone and signed four to five rep players in the off-season (and) they knew they were over the cap?
“I feel very sorry for him.”
Farah dug his heels in last September after the Tigers sensationally granted him permission to negotiate with other clubs in a bid to relieve themselves of roster stress.
The NSW Origin vice-captain dramatically stepped down from club the captaincy not long after, then spent the entire summer canvassing his options before finally opting to see out his deal – which runs through to the end of the 2017 season.
Peats, who on Tuesday professed his love for the Eels club and its members, doesn’t appear to have the same luxury.
Farah said it wasn’t fair on the Eels rake.
“There comes a time when you might do the right thing by a club, but if you’re time’s up or if the club needs you to move on for salary cap reasons, then you get the tap on the shoulder,” he said.
“That’s happened in this case for Nathan Peats, unfortunately.
“I think he’s a player at that club that least deserves it. I wish him well and hopefully everything works out for him.”