Wests Tigers veteran Robbie Farah is contemplating extending his career into the 2019 NRL season after an impressive return to Ivan Cleary’s team.
The 34-year old was released from South Sydney before the June 30 deadline to boost the Tigers finals’ push before hanging up the boots.
And his resounding influence in the two games for the Tigers is making him think twice about retirement, according to a report by Fairfax Media.
Farah will play his 250th game on Saturday when the Tigers meet his former club, the Rabbitohs, and will find himself matched up on the man who held him out of first grade football, Blues star Damien Cook.
The Tigers play their final home game this season at Leichhardt Oval during round 23 against the Dragons, and Farah is set to make decision about his playing future prior to that date.
There has been no discussions about a potential contract extension between the former Dally M Hooker of the Year and the Tigers, but they are reportedly open to the idea if he comes at the right price and maintains strong form.
The opportunity for Farah to mentor the Tigers’ ideal long-term hooker Jacob Liddle is seen as tantalising prospect for the club.
Playing on next season would see Farah reach the 300-NRL game milestone, while he would reportedly call it quits and not seek opportunities elsewhere if the Tigers decided to let him go.
Tigers five-eighth Benji Marshall said Farah’s current form warrants a new deal, who is currently weighing up his own future.
“He hasn’t had a chance to play. That energy from being home, I think he can maintain it, and if he keeps going the way he’s going, why not?”
Marshall added that the matchup between Farah and Cook is going to be “mouth watering” amongst a host of storylines during Saturday’s clash.
“Everyone has seen what ‘Cooky’ can do, and Robbie the last couple of weeks has been outstanding,” Marshall said.
“It’s the most mouth-watering match-up of the weekend, with Robbie against his old club, his 250th game for the Tigers, Sutton’s 300 games, there are a lot of good storylines for this game, and hopefully it’s a great game we win.”
New Tiger Moses Mbye expressed his excitement to play alongside such veterans as Farah and Marshall.
“Robbie has a really good footy IQ, he’s been really good to have around this spine, especially with the new spine,” Mbye told The Sydney Morning Herald.
“To have someone like him come in and guide the side around like he has been, it’s a huge bonus.”