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Farah and Mayer will 'work through' differences

Matt Encarnacion, Western Sydney Correspondent NRL.com Fri, Aug 08, 2014 - 11:00 AM

It's been a distracting couple of weeks for Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah and coach Mick Potter. Copyright: Robb Cox.

Wests Tigers captain Robbie Farah says he and CEO Grant Mayer will "work through" their differences as the club attempts to move on from a dramatic fortnight. 

Farah spoke for the first time in almost two weeks in a pre-recorded interview with The Footy Show on Thursday night, lifting the lid on his rocky relationship with Mayer. 

The club's longest-serving employee expressed his disappointment with Mayer for not supporting the players, as well as for editing Farah's backing of Potter out of a video on the club's website. 

Farah also revealed the pair hadn't spoken from the end of the Dragons game until Wednesday, but the skipper told reporters on Friday morning there was still hope for the two to work together. 

"I didn't question his leadership – I said I was disappointed," Farah said. "He spoke to me on Wednesday. We have spoken briefly at training. I told him I wanted to focus on this week's game. 

"Me and him will work through that. We are both professionals and want what's best for the club. He is the CEO and I'm the captain. We'll deal with that in private."

On the same day Tigers legend and current assistant coach Steve Roach publically criticised Farah for the events of the past fortnight, Farah said he wasn't prepared to get into a slinging match with the former player. 

Back in 2012, Roach went on the record as saying Farah's game "doesn't suit Origin". He has since gladly acknowledged the 30-year-old had proven him wrong. 

"I haven't read the paper. He is entitled to his opinion. He is a Balmain legend. I'm not going to sit here and bag him," Farah said. 

"I'm used to it. We know what we're about as a group. Everyone can write what they want. It hasn't been nice."

Coach Mick Potter echoed his captain's comments, adding that he would've preferred that Roach kept his opinions "in-house".

"Obviously he's entitled to his opinion but when you're on staff, you'd probably like to keep it in-house preferably. But he's his own man," he said. 

Asked if Roach would be kept on the coaching staff, Potter said: "At this stage, yes."

Having finally spoken out on his issues at management level, Farah now hoped the team could now move on as it attempts to keep its season alive with a win against North Queensland in Townsville on Saturday night. 

"We just want to move on. I spoke last night and I don't want to talk about it again. I would rather be talking about footy. I think everyone is over it. It's kind of like flogging a dead horse," he said. 

"It seems like it's never-ending. There are things I would go back and change. It was a difficult time. I haven't shied away from that. I dealt with it as best as I could and I thought that doing an interview with The Footy Show and I've put it to bed now. I don't want to talk about it anymore."

Grant was unavailable for comment as he attended the funeral of a family relative. 

The Tigers fly to Townsville on Friday afternoon, with Potter confirming that Kurtis Rowe and Keith Lulia would start on the wing, Chris Lawrence and Tim Simona in the centres, and a halves combination of Curtis Sironen and Blake Austin. 

Forward Cory Paterson will also make a return from a broken finger.