The news came as The Sun-Herald was told the Tigers could soon be forced to name coach Tim Sheens as their director of coaching instead of sacking him because they can’t afford the $1.2 million required to terminate his contract.
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The suggestion Farah would join Stuart at Parramatta was mentioned when Stuart signed on to rebuild the Eels in July. It has gathered momentum during the week after the club cut three of its most popular players – Chris Heighington, Beau Ryan and Blake Ayshford
Observers at the recent Brad Fittler Medal presentation, which acknowledged Farah as the NSW team’s best player this year, noted Stuart spent a large proportion of the evening engaged in deep conversation with the star No.9.
Parramatta’s interest in signing Farah is common knowledge among Wests Tigers players, one of whom said Stuart wanted Farah because he was the type of player needed to add steel to this season’s wooden-spooners. The player, who asked not to be named, added it would be ”shambolic” if the Tigers lost their inspirational skipper.
”The Eels are going really hard to sign Robbie but I can’t say what he’s thinking because I don’t know,” said the player.