Despite not adding any new players to their roster, Wests Tigers captain Robbie Farah believes that his side is more than capable of taking out the premiership in 2011.

Following their nail-biting exit in 2010 at the hands of a Dragons field goal, both Farah and Tigers coach Tim Sheens believe that the return of Tim Moltzen and Wade McKinnon will be an added boost for the team.

“It’s a positive,” Farah said.

“You tell me who a new signing is going to come in and replace. I can’t see a spot that needs to be filled. I think we’ve got a really balanced squad.”

After suffering a horrific injury, a ruptured knee, Tim Moltzen returns in 2011 keen to make amends after missing most of the 2010 season.

In the case of Wade McKinnon, since his move from the Warriors to the Tigers, he has struggled with severe hamstring problems, but he too seems to be past his injury.

Farah believes that his club can win it ,due to the fact that they aren’t as complacent heading into 2011 as they were heading into 2006 after they won the premiership in 2005.

“Coming so close last year and falling just short is only going to make us hungrier,” he said.
“I’ll be pushing the boys at training not to think that falling one game short is good enough, because it’s not. Last year’s experience, if anything, will be a positive for us.”

After holidaying in Thailand and Fiji during the off-season, Farah says that the loss to the Dragons in the 2010 NRL finals is alongside his two losses as a NSW Origin player.

“Losing that game by a point [when] you’re so close to a grand final hurts a lot,” he said. “But you learn from those experiences and they make you a better player and, hopefully, a better team.”

By ricky

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