Farah asks for Wests Tigers release


Captain Robbie Farah has requested a release from the final two years of his Wests Tigers contract.

Farah in August stated his intention to remain with the NRL club despite apparently being told he would play reserve grade rugby if he decided to stay.

The Tigers received criticism from some quarters for their handling of the situation, but earlier this week head coach Jason Taylor hinted that Farah will have a role to play next season.

However, it appears that he will now leave the club, although reports suggest that he is looking for a full pay out on his deal rumoured to be worth 2 million Australian dollars.

"Wests Tigers can confirm that Robbie Farah's management have requested a formal release from the final two years of his contract with the club," read a statement on the club's official website.

"Wests Tigers will work with his management to ensure the terms are agreeable for both parties before any release is granted.

"Until that time, Robbie will fulfil his contractual agreements with the club and continue to be a part of Wests Tigers pre-season training."

Tigers chief executive officer Justin Pascoe added: "Wests Tigers intend to work with Robbie and his manager in order that we can come to terms that are satisfactory for both the club and his management.

"Any decision taken in regards to this release will consider the club's responsibility and commitment to ensuring this club transfers itself into a strong position for a sustainable future."

Reports in local media have linked the Australia hooker with a surprise move to NRL rivals Sydney Roosters, although the likes of Penrith Panthers, South Sydney Rabbitohs and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles are also said to be interested.