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Thursday, 20 December 2018

Farah threatens to quit over cap drama


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Wests Tigers stalwart Robbie Farah says he is prepared to walk away from the NRL club in light of the recent salary cap drama which saw their CEO de-registered and the joint-venture fined $750,000.

Farah was at the centre of the controversy after he was offered an ambassadorial role at the club when his playing career wound-up.

But the Tigers failed to declare the reported $639,000 deal to the NRL and were on Wednesday hit with the big fine as well as having chief executive Justin Pascoe forced to step down.

For his part, Farah says he knew nothing of the potential ramifications for the deal.

"I don't know why I've been dragged into it," he told Fairfax.

"I am at a point now where I am thinking about walking away. I don't want to play. Things were going good. I was in a good headspace back at the club. But now it's another drama.

Farah says he hasn't seen any of the money yet and can't understand the severity of the fine.

"I feel sorry for Justin," he said.

"He's a good man and he's turned the club around.

"I don't understand the enormity of the fines because it was public knowledge."

Farah played for the Wests Tigers between 2003 and 2016 before a falling out with then-coach Jason Taylor saw him join Souths from 2017.

He returned to the Tigers part way through 2018.

The Tigers are expected to fight the fine and Pascoe's de-registration over the issue.

Wests Tigers stalwart Robbie Farah says he is prepared to walk away from the NRL club in light of the recent salary cap drama which saw their CEO de-registered and the joint-venture fined $750,000.

Farah was at the centre of the controversy after he was offered an ambassadorial role at the club when his playing career wound-up.

But the Tigers failed to declare the reported $639,000 deal to the NRL and were on Wednesday hit with the big fine as well as having chief executive Justin Pascoe forced to step down.

For his part, Farah says he knew nothing of the potential ramifications for the deal.

"I don't know why I've been dragged into it," he told Fairfax.

"I am at a point now where I am thinking about walking away. I don't want to play. Things were going good. I was in a good headspace back at the club. But now it's another drama.

Farah says he hasn't seen any of the money yet and can't understand the severity of the fine.

"I feel sorry for Justin," he said.

"He's a good man and he's turned the club around.

"I don't understand the enormity of the fines because it was public knowledge."

Farah played for the Wests Tigers between 2003 and 2016 before a falling out with then-coach Jason Taylor saw him join Souths from 2017.

He returned to the Tigers part way through 2018.

The Tigers are expected to fight the fine and Pascoe's de-registration over the issue.

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