Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah has returned to training with chief executive Grant Mayer confident they can sort out their differences.
Embattled skipper Robbie Farah has returned to training with Wests Tigers chief executive Grant Mayer saying they can sort out their differences and both remain at the NRL club.
Farah is set to make himself available to play in Monday night’s clash with Melbourne at Campbelltown after missing training this week.
The NSW Origin hooker took time out after he felt he’d been blamed for trying to undermine coach Mick Potter, whose future at the club beyond this season is uncertain.
Farah’s quotes supporting Potter were left out of press conference vision posted on the Tigers website, with Mayer taking the blame.
Mayer said he tried to keep the players out of the ongoing conjecture about the coach but his plan backfired.
“The video was a dumb decision and I take the blame,” Mayer told Sky Sports Radio’s Big Sports Breakfast on Friday.
“It was decision to try and keep him out of all that.
“It was done for the right reasons but it was the wrong result.”
Mayer said he hadn’t spoken personally to Farah but felt they could repair their once “great relationship”.
“Right now if you read the press reports he believes he’s been the scapegoat for many of the things that have gone on and I feel terrible about that.
“It’s unfair for him that he feels that way and he needs to blame me and I’m happy to wear that blame but I’m also just as adamant I can repair it.”
Farah also hit out at Queensland great Gorden Tallis who revealed details of a private conversation more than a year ago between the pair.
Tallis said on radio that Farah had said Potter was not fit to be a NRL coach.
Mayer denied that Potter was a “dead man walking” despite the board pushing back a decision on a contract extension until the end of the season.
“We’re going to give him every chance not to be,” he said.
“He’s still got a job … he’s done everything right.”