CLUB MAN: Robbie Farah applauds the Wests Tigers fans after a brilliant display in his team’s 50 to 16 win over New Zealand Warriors in the last home game of 2015 at Campbelltown Stadium on Sunday. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE / PAUL MILLER
CLUB MAN: Robbie Farah applauds the Wests Tigers fans after a brilliant display in his team’s 50 to 16 win over New Zealand Warriors in the last home game of 2015 at Campbelltown Stadium on Sunday. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE / PAUL MILLER

Behind the Desk: Is loyalty dead in NRL?

THE National Rugby League has turned a new corner in the debate of club loyalty. In opposition to the status quo it is now a club's loyalty to their player (and captain) that is being questioned.

Competition strugglers Wests Tigers have offered captain Robbie Farah an early exit from his contract two years before it was set to expire or most likely see out the rest of it in the second tier NSW Cup competition.

The move has been criticised by rugby league fans across Australia with many claiming it as a slight to the Tigers faithful.

A reported disconnect between Farah and Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor appears to be at the centre of the crisis with Tigers CEO Marina Go stating it is a club culture decision.

"We're not kicking him out, we've basically said 'based on what we want to achieve next year, we're happy for you to explore other options'," she said.

Farah muffled his critics at the weekend with a man of the match performance in the Wests Tigers' 50 to 16 win over the New Zealand Warriors.



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