Robbie Farah to retire at end of 2019

Wests Tigers star Robbie Farah will retire from rugby league at the end of the 2019 campaign.

The 35-year-old hooker will hang up his boots as the most-capped player in Wests’ history, having begun his first-grade career with the club in 2003.

Farah has made 301 appearances for the Tigers and South Sydney, while he has also represented Lebanon seven times, Australia eight times and played for New South Wales on 16 occasions.

He said: “For me, it is just the opportunity to go out on my terms.

“That hasn’t always been the case in my career.

“I feel like I am still playing good footy but I wouldn’t want to go a year too long and for my body to break down or I’m not in good enough form or Madge [Michael Maguire] has got a couple of good young hookers at the club coming through and they go past me.

“I just feel like the time is right and the club is in good hands.”

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