17 long years. That is how long the career of Wests Tigers hooker Robbie Farah has spanned and at the end of 2019, it comes to an end.
The 35-year old Farah made the decision to retire at the end of season and will do so as the Tigers most capped player.
From way back when he came through the Leichhardt juniors, his career has been filled with club highs and lows.
The 300-gamer also had a brief stint with the South Sydney Rabbitohs and as he hangs up his boots, there was nothing but praise from the club.
“On behalf of all at Wests Tigers, I’d like to congratulate Robbie on an incredible and distinguished rugby league career,” Wests Tigers Chairman Barry O’Farrell said.
“Robbie has given so much to Wests Tigers in his unwavering commitment on and off the field, and it is wonderful to recognise his career and achievements.
“His loyalty to the club, determination and toughness will be a lasting inspiration for Wests Tigers players, and it is fantastic to see him finish his time in rugby league in the colours he is so passionate about.”
Even at 35, Farah has enjoyed a solid season and his contributions have not gone unnoticed by coach Michael Maguire.
“Robbie has played an incredibly important part in the history of this club, but his role in setting the direction for our team this year has been just as important,” Maguire said.
“As a leader, his competitiveness and desire to win is as high as any player in the game.”
Maguire continued with the lavish praise for Farah and knows he will play a crucial part for the team for the rest of 2019.
“I’ve constantly been impressed by Robbie’s focus to ensure this team is moving forward and he is determined to keep delivering on-field,” he said.
“We’ve got a big chance to deliver as a team again on Thursday night, and Robbie will continue to play a key role for us each week as we do that for the rest of this season.”