Tigers consider ambassador role for Farah

Wests Tigers have offered Robbie Farah a post-playing career role as an inducement to keep him at the NRL club.

Farah met with Tigers chief executive Justin Pascoe on Sunday as the contract saga between the former skipper and the embattled joint venture spills into a fourth month.

The NSW State of Origin hooker has been linked to a surprise move to Sydney Roosters.

However Pascoe said there had been discussions over a potential ambassadorial role for Farah, who played in the club’s only premiership win in 2005 and is regarded as one of Wests Tigers’ favourite sons, when he retires.

“We are looking at a number of options with Robbie, including what role he may play with Wests Tigers once he finishes his playing career,” Pascoe said.

“Robbie is approaching 250 games with Wests Tigers and any club would be open to having a player of that experience involved in an ambassador role after their retirement.

“We will continue to work closely with Robbie and his management to come up with an agreement that meets the needs of both parties.

“Robbie still has two years left on his playing contract with Wests Tigers and at this stage remains a part of the club’s plans for the 2016 season.”

It remains to be seen what effect the peace offering from Pascoe has upon discussions between the two parties. But the Tigers said speculation that Farah had been offered an extended four-year contract was “incorrect”.

According to reports, Farah is demanding a full payout from the remaining two years of his contract, worth around $1.9 million, and deferred contract payments.

Fairfax Media reported that Farah could even leave the club for the Roosters or Super League for a single season and return when Jason Taylor, whose relationship with his ex-skipper Farah appears to have become untenable, was no longer coach.

Pascoe hurried back from holiday to meet with Farah and his manager Sam Ayoub on Sunday.

However Ayoub indicated the contract imbroglio between his client and the Tigers could last another month.

Pascoe indicated the club was unlikely to cede completely to Farah’s demands of a complete payout, an outcome that would place the Tigers in a perilous situation as the money would be included in their salary cap for the next two seasons.

“We are committed to building a successful and sustainable Wests Tigers both on and off the field and this will be taken into account when a decision regarding Robbie’s future with the club is made,” Pascoe said.

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