Tigers back Cleary over Farah return

21 June 2018 22:22:55 GMTPlus10

Wests Tigers have welcomed back Robbie Farah, two years after his ugly exit from the club.

The former NSW hooker has returned after a 26-game stint with South Sydney, with the Tigers hierarchy backing coach Ivan Cleary's move.

Farah fell out with former coach Jason Taylor during his first spell with the Tigers, and his final year at the club was a difficult one.

He'd been a hugely influential figure at the club, though, captaining them for a club record 148 games, and they believe he can help them this season.

Chairwoman Marina Go said she welcomed the 34-year-old back to Concord Oval, having endorsed his recruitment at Monday's board meeting.

"As has been done previously, the Wests Tigers board backed the coach. It's Ivan's very strong belief that Robbie can add value to our team and our club and we support that," she said.

Souths, who have only used the former Australia international twice this season, agreed to Farah's release on Wednesday.

He has signed a contract for the remainder of the year, and will play his first game for the club next Sunday at Leichhardt Oval against the Titans.

Cleary said of Farah: "Robbie brings a wealth of experience back to the club in a position where we feel we need some additional support at this stage of the season.

"All of my discussions with Robbie have been very positive, he understands the direction that the club is heading in, and how he can help contribute to that."

Farah played 247 games for the Tigers in his first spell, making his debut in 2003.

Wests Tigers are 1.48 to win their next game against the Titans, who are 2.75.

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