Wests Tigers Hooker Robbie Farah has revealed to Inside The NRL he hasn’t ruled out playing on in 2019.
The 34-year old returned home to the Tigers mid 2018 after spending a season and a half at the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
If Farah decides to play on, he’ll enter his 17th season in the NRL and would have the chance to notch up 300 games.
As every player entering the back end of their career does, Farah will have some conversations with himself, as well as his family and colleagues, in order to make a decision on whether he can handle another grueling season at the top level.
Farah explains to Inside The NRL there are a lot of things to consider.
“When I originally went back to the Tigers I thought this will be a great way for me to end, to go back and play the back end of the season, hopefully win some footy games and and then I could finish up,” Farah said
“But now that I’ve gone back, I’m really enjoying my time. I feel like I’m playing some decent footy and the club is in a really good space.”
Since making the switch back to the Tigers, Farah has managed 6 games in 2018, with three try assists, four line break assists and a total of 346 running metres.
Farah explains he is wary of the dreaded ‘year too long’ critique floating around the NRL at the moment.
“You sit back and you’d rather finish a year early then go too long, and for me I probably felt that early this year when I was stuck in reserve grade at Souths,” Farah said.
“I was sitting back going, geez I’ve played a year too long, this isn’t the way I’ve wanted to finish my career.
“I was lucky enough to get an opportunity to go back to the Tigers where I still feel like I’m playing good footy, but am I still going to be playing this sort of footy next year?”
The future of Farah’s playing career could hinge on the decision teammate, and good friend, Benji Marshall makes regarding his own career.
“If he was to finish up this year, it would probably sway me to finish up, it would be nice to finish up with Benji,” Farah said
“If he does play next year, yeah I don’t know. He twisted my arm to come back this year so, he and all the boys have been in my ear at the Tiges about playing on for another year.”