Wests Tigers stalwart Robbie Farah says he is prepared to walk away from the NRL club in light of the recent salary cap drama which saw their CEO de-registered and the joint-venture fined $750,000.
Farah was at the centre of the controversy after he was offered an ambassadorial role at the club when his playing career wound-up.
But the Tigers failed to declare the reported $639,000 deal to the NRL and were on Wednesday hit with the big fine as well as having chief executive Justin Pascoe forced to step down.
For his part, Farah says he knew nothing of the potential ramifications for the deal.
“I don’t know why I’ve been dragged into it,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald.
The Tigers are now faced with the prospect of having to cut players to get salary cap compliant for 2019, and Farah says he’s prepared to walk away.
“I don’t want to cost somebody their contract or playing career,” Farah told The Daily Telegraph.
“It doesn’t mean as much to me as a young kid or something who is on a big contract. If it means I have to take a bullet I would rather do it than the guilt of someone being forced out leaving.
“Even though I know it’s not my fault I would still feel guilty. I’m struggling to deal with it.
“People will jump to conclusions and think I’m causing trouble. It was disappointing my name was mentioned. I didn’t think there was a need for it.”
Farah says he hasn’t seen any of the money yet and can’t understand the severity of the fine.
“I feel sorry for Justin,” he said.
“He’s a good man and he’s turned the club around.
“I don’t understand the enormity of the fines because it was public knowledge.”
Farah played for the Wests Tigers between 2003 and 2016 before a falling out with then-coach Jason Taylor saw him join Souths from 2017.
He returned to the Tigers part way through 2018.
The Tigers are expected to fight the fine and Pascoe’s de-registration over the issue.