Farah and McInnes have played their last NRL games at their clubs after both were forced to see out the season in reserve grade. While the hookers are contracted for 2017, they will need a fresh start to return to first grade.
St George Illawarra are in need of a hooker and are the favourites to sign McInnes. The Dragons thought they had McInnes the last time he was off contract, but the rake used the now-extinct round 13 backflip clause to remain at Souths. McInnes has been used this year as the starting No.9 and a bench option, but the Rabbitohs’ most consistent football has been with Damien Cook steering the team out of dummy half over the past month.
Cook is expected to stay and provide support to Farah, who is likely to sign a two-year deal. The first season could be subsidised to the tune of up to $600,000 by the Tigers, who are keen to get the NSW hooker off their books. The joint-venture outfit has performed better without Farah in their side and are on the cusp of an unlikely finals appearance, justifying coach Jason Taylor’s decision to dump him.