Rugby league’s most fractured relationship is “75 to 80 per cent” sorted, with Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor confirming Robbie Farah will remain at the club in 2016.
Farah will also have the next three-and-a-half months to prove his worth, with Taylor stating he will determine the hooker’s first-grade future based on his training performances.
“The facts are that Robbie will be considered for a position in the team every week and there is no reason that he won’t be the starting hooker in round one,” Taylor said on on Wednesday evening on radio 2UE’s Sports Today program.
“We’ve signed Matt Ballin, Matt Ballin has a knee injury and so, if Matt’s not right to play in round one, then Robbie could be, and even if Matt is right, Robbie Farah could be our starting hooker in round one.
“Every player in the club is going to be given the opportunity to show they deserve their starting spot, whoever it is.”
Farah was granted permission to look elsewhere in August and following a very public spat, it emerged the NSW State of Origin hooker could be forced to play reserve grade if he remained at the club.
However, Taylor now says the situation has almost entirely resolved itself as the Tigers’ pre-season continued through its third week.
“Robbie’s decided that he is going to remain with the club and I’m comfortable with that and we move forward.
“We’ve been working pretty closely over the past couple of weeks. A lot has been said in the past but the point is Robbie will stay on board this year and I will coach Robbie well and we’ll work together well.
“Robbie and I have had some good discussions and we will continue to do that. I’m not saying that it’s sorted out 100 per cent. I’m saying that it’s sorted out 75 to 80 per cent and we’ll keep working together,” Taylor said.