Wests Tigers star Robbie Farah has been dumped from first grade for the side’s clash against St George Illawarra this weekend.
In what’s likely going to intensify the feud between them, Coach Jason Taylor finally made good on his promise to drop Farah to reserve grade on Wednesday.
Farah will instead play in the NSW Cup against Newtown at Leichhardt Oval.
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At the end of last season, Farah claimed he was threatened with spending 2016 in reserve grade if he didn’t find another NRL club.
Farah, who battled injuries earlier in the year, has played nine games this season – which include two off the bench.
The Tigers have won just three of the matches he has played, including the two where he came off the bench, while they are 4-4 in games he has missed.
But Taylor argues the Wests Tigers are better side without him.
However, the coach admitted the former skipper does still have a future at the club as it tries to keep its finals hopes alive against the Dragons on Sunday.
He cited a lack of cohesion between Farah and young halves Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses as main factor for moving him down.
“The cohesion is something I’ve been concerned about and looking at for a while but it’s only been on the back of the way the team has played the last seven games where we’ve got to the point where I believe we’re better with Robbie not in the team,” Taylor said.
“It’s a tough call. We had moved him to the bench. We moved him to the bench to enhance that cohesion again and I believe it did that.
“I’m comfortable taking that next step now because I do think it’s in the best interests of our team.”
Farah is still contracted until the end of next season at the Tigers.