The embattled Wests Tigers are set for a major boost, with club legend Robbie Farah set to take up a role under Michael Maguire’s coaching staff.
Nine’s Michael Chammas reports the Tigers are currently waiting on the NRL to green light Farah’s return, which could come as early as this weekend.
It is understood the 2005 premiership-winning Tiger will return as a trainer. That would allow Farah to don the blue shirt on game day, and run out onto the field during play to relay messages from the bench.
It’s hoped Farah’s experience and knowledge can help nudge the struggling franchise out of their 2021 nose-dive.
The development comes as news of an impromptu players meeting surfaced on Monday night amid reports the axe is dangling over coach Maguire’s head.
Earlier today, around a dozen Tigers players reportedly met at a pub for an afternoon of soul-searching after notching their sixth loss, a dismal 40-6 showing to Manly, from seven games this season.
“Contrary to media reports, Wests Tigers can vehemently deny there are crisis meetings being held at the club,” a statement read.
“Whilst disappointed with recent results, all at Wests Tigers remain firmly united and committed to producing a strong and competitive season together, and ready to get back to work tomorrow in preparation for Round 8.”
Maguire is understood to have a clause in his newly-signed two-year extension that allows the club to relieve him of his duties without requiring a hefty payout.
That would leave the club a $600,000 bill should they decide to show Maguire the door, a sizeable chunk of the $1.5 million agreed to under his most recent contract renewal.
Late last year, Maguire signed on to remain at the Tigers until the end of the 2023 season.
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