NRL fans have told to expect a new Robbie Farah when he makes his rugby league return this weekend – free of the burden of Wests Tigers captaincy and off-field drama that dogged his 2015 campaign.
Farah will play his first game since stepping down as Tigers skipper in the Easter Monday clash against Parramatta at ANZ Stadium, the NSW No.9 to make an earlier than expected return from a knee injury.
And as he welcomed the return of a senior voice at dummy-half, teammate Mitchell Moses said fans should expect a different player.
“Robbie is a lot calmer at training now, his head is not falling off every session,” Moses said at Tigers’ training on Thursday.
“He is a lot calmer as a person now and I think you will see that out on the field this weekend.”
“When times get tough out there we will look to him, we have another older head out there and he will definitely help us out and take a lot of pressure off me and Luke (Brooks).”
Tigers centre Tim Simona added: “As a mate he has been more relaxed on and off the field and that suits him to be the player he wants to be.
“Come Monday he will step up and show everyone what he has got now.”
The Tigers have been the second most dynamic attacking side in the NRL over the first three rounds, notching up 88 points in wins over the Warriors and Manly and a last-start loss to Gold Coast. Only South Sydney have scored more points with 96.
James Tedesco said Farah’s returns will shape them into an even more formidable attacking unit.
“We have been playing some good footy without Robbie but obviously his leadership and experience from dummy half is going to help us,” Tedesco said.
“Robbie has that natural ball playing ability and is able to get Mitch and Brooksy that ball right where they need it, he is a good defender so that will help as well.”