Robbie Farah was not giving up hope on remaining a one-club NRL player, despite being told he would play reserve grade at Wests Tigers.
Wests Tigers captain Robbie Farah said he may still yet remain at the NRL club, despite being told he will play reserve grade if he stays.
Farah, 31, has been given permission to explore other options despite two years remaining on his deal at the Tigers, with the New South Wales hooker taken aback - but not entirely surprised - by the decision.
"I kind of had an inkling for a few weeks now, but obviously had a chat yesterday with JT [coach Jason Taylor] and my manager, and that was kind of when it was clear," Farah told a news conference on Wednesday.
"I kind of had an idea it was coming for a few weeks now, the pieces of the puzzle were falling into place, I picked up on a few things and I got a sense of it."
He later added: "You might have to come watch me at Henson Park running around at midday.
"I've been told if I stay I will be playing reserve grade."
Farah said the fact the decision was handed down with two games to play - neither of which are at the Tigers' home at Leichhardt Oval - hurt.
"That's one of the biggest things, actually, I'm disappointed about. It would have been nice to have one last game there," he added.
"I love that place so much. The biggest thing for me not to have one last game there, and a farewell to the fans, is a massive dagger in my heart. It's what's hurting me a lot."
Despite Farah's wish to remain a one-club player virtually extinguished, he held hope of a backflip from the club he has spent 13 seasons at.
"I love this club, I've given blood, sweat and tears for this club, I've given everything and I think more the fact how late in the season it is, to go out this way - if I do go out, at the end of the day I've still got a two-year contract here - the fact that I probably won't get a proper farewell to the fans, and the club, and my team-mates... I think the fact that it's going to happen that way is pretty disappointing for myself," Farah - a veteran of 13 Origin appearances - said.
"It would have been nice to go out in a better fashion."