Posted: 23 November, 2015
The Robbie Farah saga looks set to drag on
Robbie Farah of Wests Tigers and CEO Justin Pascoe Photo: Google images
No one knows what is going on with Robbie Farah and the Wests Tigers at the moment.
Is he a Rooster? Is he a Dragon? Is he staying at the Tigers?
Let's hear Ray 'Rabs' Warren, who was pretty fired up on Triple M's Dead Set Legends on Saturday, grilling Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe with a simple couple of questions.
1. Did someone say to Robbie Farah 'you're free to go'?
2. Did somebody else say to him 'if you stay, you will be playing NSW Cup'? Listen to the full audio below.
'Rabs' Warren Grills Tigers CEO Over Farah Saga
23 November, 2015 - 12:44PM
Let's hear Ray 'Rabs' Warren who was pretty fired up on Triple M's Dead Set Legends on Saturday, grilling Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe with a simple couple of questions.
Earlier On Triple M
The Robbie Farah saga looks set to drag on after the star's meeting with Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe on Sunday failed to resolve his long-term future with the NRL club.
Wests Tigers issued a statement on Sunday night confirming the meeting with Pascoe had taken place but that "details of those conversations (are) set to remain confidential".
But a release for the NSW State of Origin hooker still appeared to remain an option.
"We will continue to work closely with Robbie and his management to come up with an agreement that meets the needs of both parties," Pascoe said.
"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."
Coach Jason Taylor and Robbie Farah of Wests Tigers Photo: Getty Images
The Tigers denied reports Farah had been offered an extended contract for four more years - just two months after being told to find another club.
But in another strange turn given the apparent acrimony between the club and player, Pascoe said they were considering a deal with the rake where he could continue working at Wests Tigers when his playing days were over.
"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."
After weeks stubbornly insisting he would see out his contract despite falling out with coach Jason Taylor, it had seemed likely the 31-year-old was on his way across town with a move arranged to the Sydney Roosters.
All that remained was for Farah's management and the Tigers to agree on the size of a payout of the two years remaining on his current contract, worth an estimated $2 million.
Jake Friend of Sydney Roosters Photo: Getty Images
Roosters CEO Brian Canavan was tight-lipped on the saga when contacted by AAP on Sunday.
"No news as the issue lies with Wests Tigers and Farah," Canavan said.
The Tricolours' shock interest in the NSW vice-captain came despite the Roosters already having co-captain Jake Friend, touted as a future State of Origin hooker.
Friend, 25, still has three seasons remaining on his current deal after re-committing with the glamour club midway through 2014.
However, his standing would be clouded should Farah join the club.
Farah's manager Steve Gillis declined to comment until any potential move was confirmed.
"We've got no comment to make because as far as we're aware it's between Farah and the clubs he's talking to," Gillis said.
If Farah departed the club it would leave Taylor with just two hookers on the books - former Manly veteran Matt Ballin, who is recovering from a knee reconstruction, and promising Manaia Cherrington.
Farah, who played in the club's 2005 premiership team, has played 238 games for the Tigers since his debut the same season, and captained the side for six years before stepping down in the pre-season.