Andrew Johns has declared Robbie Farah’s position at the Wests Tigers as untenable after his axing to reserve grade.
An emotional Farah on Saturday declared his intention to dig his heels in after leading the Tigers’ NSW Cup side to a 42-24 win over Newtown Jets at Leichhardt Oval.
Just a week after being a part of NSW’s State of Origin III win over Queensland, Farah’s future is in doubt after coach Jason Taylor declared his NRL side was better without the 247-game veteran hooker.
Despite Farah’s resolve, Newcastle, NSW and Australian great Johns said it was impossible for him to see out the final year of his contract in 2017.
“How could you play if you and the coach don’t get on like that?” Johns told the Nine Network’s Sunday Footy Show.
“He can’t be at the Wests Tigers, I couldn’t imagine how toxic it would be going to training.
“I couldn’t imagine being in that position. It would be awful.”
Fellow NSW great Brad Fittler suggested the club should pay out the final year of Farah’s contract, said to be worth $900,000.
“Give him his money and tell him to go. That’s what they want to do, obviously they’re trying to play games and maybe force Robbie to make a move,” Fittler said.
“The guy’s got a lot of pride and maybe they’re thinking Robbie’s pride will get the better of him.”