SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 18: Robbie Farah of the Tigers passes the ball during the round 23 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Leichhardt Oval on August 18, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)

New Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire has hosed down all reports suggesting club legend Robbie Farah will retire, and says the 34-year-old still has a lot to play for in 2019.

Following the deregistering of CEO Justin Pascoe due to the Tigers failing to disclose their proposed ambassadorial role for Farah post-retirement, the joint venture club were hit with a $750,000 fine and were told the $639,000 they wanted to give to Farah would be included in the 2019 cap.

Farah earlier in the week said he was happy to take the bullet should the club need to shed players in order to be cap compliant next season, although Maguire told the Sydney Morning Herald Farah would do no such thing.

“I’ve known Robbie for a long time, and the maturity and leadership he shows now will help take this club forward,” Maguire told smh.com.au.

“I expect him there in 2019. All his experiences he’s had through his career will only assist me growing young men.

“He was at training this morning, did everything and was in really good spirits.”

Regardless of whether the cap hit will be given to the Tigers all next season or spread out over four years (the proposed length of Farah’s role), the Tigers should still be able to keep all of their players, given their strong current salary cap position.

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A similar case years ago saw the Roosters sign club great Anthony Minichiello to an ambassadorial role, although the difference was the Tricolours were transparent during the entire process.

“The NRL rules provides mechanisms to allow clubs to retain the services of players after they retire to promote their clubs sand the game,” an NRL spokesperson told SMH.

“But those rules require clubs to declare those deals so they can be assessed by the cap auditor.

“The Roosters declared the Minichiello role with his club and it was approved by the salary cap auditor.”

18 COMMENTS

  1. “The Roosters declared the Minichiello role with his club and it was approved by the salary cap auditor.” Of course it was “approved” by their roosters mates including Ian Schubert.

  2. The NRL has screwed up. The Tigers will fight this and will get it vastly reduced or thrown out.

    Should be interesting times.

  3. Tigers are going nowhere with Farah and benji in the team, sure they might have a few good games through the yeah but they won’t help them win a grandfinal and they both will be retiring soon anyway.

    • You better change your name or your team cause the chookies will be going nowhere 2019. In fact that will be the year they will be found out for rorting the salary cap and will end up with the spoon and at least 2 illgotten premierships stripped from their greedy hooks.

        • Haha roosters calling manly bottem feeders. I suggest you go back to school and revisit your history and maths subjects then come back and tell me who the real bottom feeders are dip $hit once you work out the number of spoons you have collected! I’ll give
          You a clue…. 🥄🥄🥄🥄🥄😂😂😂🤣🤣

        • Manly finished 15th, so yes they are bottom feeders and you have a solid 5 years of being in the bottom 4 took look forward to.

        • Dream on buddy we will be back sooner than your deluded self believes.. You keep trying hard to convince yourself otherwise but you have 5 wooden shpoooons as proof you are the true bottom feeders. Now back in your box jimbo! 🥄🥄🥄🥄🥄🥄😜

        • ManWar78 .
          Bottom feeders? I dont think 5 spoons is all that bad. They have been in the comp 110 years. souths have picked up (8) in the same time period.
          Of the current clubs you have bulldogs (5) in 83 years. Penrith (4) in 51 years. Sharks(3) in 51 years. Cowboys (3) in 23 years.Knights (4) in 30 years. And the true spooners of the current clubs the eels with (14) in 71 years. And as far as finishing last in 2019 and having 2 comps stripped where can i get on?

        • P.S So in the last 52 years 1 spoon. eels 5 bunnies 5 penrith 4 knights 4 cowboys 3 sharks 3 dogs 2. All in All not that shabby.

    • The salary cap fine is 670k. The Tigers have 700k spare. So ATM we are under. We only have 28 players so need to recruit two more. Not sure if musgrove will be not contracted.

      Apparently we can put the fine over 4/years so 170k each year. So we’ll be fine if we don’t get it reduced.

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