Robbie Farah catches the eyes of South Sydney, Manly
SOUTH Sydney and Manly have emerged as possible bidders, along with cashed-up English Super League clubs, for unwanted Wests Tigers hooker Robbie Farah.
The decision to dump the New South Wales Origin representative was believed to be prompted by serious salary cap concerns, with Farah's contract reportedly heavily back-ended at $2 million for his final two seasons in 2016 and '17.
"It's tough. I've been at this club most of my life," a clearly disappointed Farah told reporters.
"I've been told if I stay, I might be playing reserve grade ... or I will be playing reserve grade."
The tough hooker said he wouldn't simply walk away from the club where he made his NRL debut in 2003.
"I'm not willing to walk away without a fight," a defiant Farah said.
"This club means a hell of a lot to me and, like I said, I'm still contracted here for two more years.
"I'm not just going to walk away from a two-year contract; it's got to be on my terms as well."
Souths are looking for a replacement for Warriors-bound No.9 Issac Luke, while Manly has told veteran Matt Ballin, who has suffered a serious knee injury, it has no place for him next year under new coach Trent Barrett.
"South Sydney is a great club with a great history; they are the defending premiers at the moment," Farah said.
"I won't rule anything out, but I think it is disrespectful for me to talk about other clubs while I am wearing the Wests Tigers colours."
Whatever happens, the Tigers will have to work out a suitable financial arrangement with any NRL or English club which picks up the 31 year-old.