Robbie Farah says he is fully committed to the Wests Tigers since considering leaving the NRL club after being accused of wanting coach Mick Potter sacked.
Captain Robbie Farah admits he considered walking away from the Wests Tigers after being painted as the architect of a move to oust coach Mick Potter, but has pledged to see out the remaining three seasons of his contract with the NRL joint venture.
In an interview aired on the Nine Network’s NRL Footy Show on Thursday night, Farah also took aim at Tigers chief executive Grant Mayer for what he said was a lack of support during the crisis that has engulfed the club since Gorden Tallis aired claims on radio two weeks ago that Farah wanted Potter gone.
Farah confirmed he had sought counselling after taking stress leave from training last week as he hit rock bottom over the saga. But the NSW hooker said he was committed to his future at the Tigers amid reports he had considered seeking a release from the club.
“At times, I thought is this all worth it?” Farah said.
“I even messaged Mick, saying I’m not sure I’m in a position to captain the club.
“But I’m out of that now. There’s no doubt about that. I love this club. I’m in it to the death.
“I’ll give my all for the club … I’m not going anywhere.”
However, Farah said he had fallen out with Tigers management after he said Mayer declined to publicly support him on his role in deciding the future of Potter, who is off contract at season’s end.
“I haven’t heard from our CEO since the Sunday night after the Dragons game,” he said.
“I spoke to him after Gorden’s comments on the Friday night and asking him to come out on the Saturday and strongly support the players, because we were getting dragged into it …
“That’s the biggest problem with our club: there are people at the top leaking stuff to the media … I’m not sure why.
“Whether it is for their own interests or those Balmain or Wests factions fighting against each other.
“It doesn’t help when it’s leaked, whether it’s true or not.”
Farah also said he regretted confiding in Tallis 15 months ago that Potter was struggling.
“Looking back, I shouldn’t have said to Gordie what I said.
“The club was struggling, the coach was struggling, but I thought it was a private conversation.
“I can assure you and everyone else, whatever I conveyed to Gordie at the time, I also conveyed it to Mick.
“Me and Mick have an open and honest relationship. I’m always giving him feedback on how to improve.
“He’s always giving me feedback on what he needs from me and how I can improve as a captain.
“There’s no issue between us.”