THE Wests Tigers say skipper Robbie Farah will not be automatically dropped to reserve grade should he stay on at the NRL club next year.
It follows months of heated negotiations between the two parties after Tigers told the NSW State of Origin hooker he is free to negotiate with rival clubs after reportedly falling out with coach Jason Taylor.
The club has promised to honour the final two years of Farah’s $950,000-a-season contract, but coach Jason Taylor has said it was best for all parties if he moves on.
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Farah, a Tigers life member, said he was told that if he stayed put he would be playing in NSW Cup and would be a part-time member of the squad.
The 31-year-old has been told he is on club probation for behavioural problems and has been linked with a move to St George Illawarra in recent weeks.
However Tigers chief executive Justin Pascoe said while all selection decisions rested with Taylor, the club did not have a policy of blocking him from playing first grade.