Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor insists his decision to drop Robbie Farah was based purely on his team's performance.
The New South Wales hooker was dropped on Wednesday for the clash against the St George Illawarra Dragons, continuing what has been a fractious relationship with Taylor.
Taylor said in the off-season that the 32-year-old was free to find a new club, but Farah ended up staying with the Tigers.
Explaining his decision at a news conference, Taylor said trying to get more out of his attack was the reason for the move.
"We've got too many cooks spoiling the broth, 100 per cent. That's the perfect analogy of what we're talking about. It's purely based on that," he said.
"Robbie Farah is the New South Wales State of Origin hooker, he's a Wests Tigers great, he's a great player, but it's just not working for us at the moment in regards to the cohesion of our team.
"I'm still not comfortable with where we are on the ladder [11th]. In my opinion we should be further up the ladder with the squad we've got.
"I've been brought here to get this team going in the right direction and tough decisions have to be made and I know this is a tough one and it's really tough for Robbie.
"But I believe it's in the best interest of the team and it's based around team performance."
Farah remains contracted for next year, but his axing is set to put his future at the club in doubt.
While Taylor understood why that may be the case, he said Farah was still part of his plans.
He said: "Robbie will be considered selection for next week's team, considered for selection every week going forward."