Club dramas on backburner as Farah focuses on fiery Kiwis
Proud achievement … bench player Robbie Farah will play for the Kangaroos for the first time on home soil. Photo: Steve Christo
WESTS Tigers skipper Robbie Farah insists he has no problem playing under Tim Sheens for the Kangaroos next week despite reports of player unrest when Sheens was relieved of head coaching duties of the besieged NRL club after the pre-season favourites failed to make the finals.
Farah and Benji Marshall were rumoured to be among the players Sheens had ''lost'' in the Tigers dressing room after club stalwarts Chris Heighington and Beau Ryan were cut and picked up by Cronulla.
''There's no problem,'' Farah said. ''Me and Tim have had a great working relationship for the 10 years I've played under him and it won't be any different in the Australian side. I know Tim pretty well as a coach and I know the style he likes to play, and I guess he knows the way I play too.
''I guess that makes things easier for me. I've also been in the Australian system now for the last three Four Nations tours as well, so I don't think he'll change things too much from what has worked in the past.''
The Sun-Herald understands Parramatta are extremely keen to sign Farah. ''I haven't spoken to any other club and I haven't spoken formally to the Tigers either,'' said Farah, who has a year remaining on his contract. ''I'll wait until the end of the season and worry about that then. At the moment I'm just worried about playing well for Australia, my manager will look after the other stuff.''
Farah, who was named on the Kangaroos bench, described his selection after his five-star effort for NSW in the State of Origin series as a ''proud'' achievement.
''It's the first time I have made an Australian team that's playing here so it is very special on a number of fronts, especially after the way the season ended for me at the Tigers.''
Farah said he was willing and able to slot in to the No.7 role should he be required to cover for Cooper Cronk during what's expected to be a physical contest. ''I'll be ready for anything and you have to be for that,'' he said. ''Things happen in a game of footy and you're not too sure where you'll play. I guess that's the role of the utility, you have to be ready to play anywhere.''