Wests Tigers to honour Robbie Farah’s ambassadorial deal


Tigers fans heading to Bankwest Stadium to see their club battle South Sydney on Thursday night will basically want to know how their team will look next season and beyond.

Speculation highly paid players such as Reynolds and Russell Packer are being shopped around refuses to go away.

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But a refreshed Pascoe said there had been no discussions with any players about an early release, while Farah and fellow club favourite Benji Marshall would be given time to make up their own minds about playing on next year.

Should Farah call it quits at the end of the year, the $639,000 ambassadorial arrangement is still his if he wanted it.

“I felt at the time when I came here the way Robbie was asked to move on, I didn’t believe the respect had been shown for someone who had been a part of this club for such a long time, had been a captain and a life member,” Pascoe said.

“That offer of the ambassador’s agreement was a way of showing respect to him.

“The deal is still on the table. I have no idea if Robbie will take it up, and he has a decision to make about his playing career first.

“Robbie and Benji have to make up their minds if they want to go on. Only they will know if they want to play and have an understanding of where their mind and body is.

“Those conversations don’t need to happen right now. We’re right in the hunt for finals football.”

Pascoe admits the NRL did what it had to do, which included his ban and the $639,000 fine, half of which was absorbed into their cap for this year and again next year.

The current roster is one Michael Maguire inherited from Ivan Cleary, who cut and run with two years to run on his deal to link with Penrith.

The grim reality for Maguire is even if he wanted to move players on, rival clubs will baulk at the beefy price tags.

Only half a dozen spots will become available next year, but only eight players are signed for 2021 and beyond.

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Pascoe was not about to play the blame game, saying: “We always sit there and get players the coach wants at the time and what the clubs need at the time.

“Michael Maguire has complete confidence he can get the best out of this roster. We’re also constantly looking at improving it. That’s our responsibility as a club.”

As for Reynolds, who will remain in reserve grade this weekend, Pascoe said: “A player like Josh is a terrific competitor, he was brought here for a reason, he’s had a horrible run with injuries, but he’s exactly what we need around the club.

“This club won’t sit here and worry about decisions that haven’t gone our way. We have to build a culture where we’re not using decisions that don’t go our way as excuses for not being able to reach the successes we’re striving for.”

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