Robbie Farah will go up against his old club the Tigers in the first round of the new NRL season.
Robbie Farah will go up against his old club the Tigers in the first round of the new NRL season. Jason McCawley

Farah ready for emotional NRL debut for Souths

ROBBIE Farah says there will be "no love lost" when he goes up against his "ex-girlfriend" Wests Tigers in a mouth-watering round one clash to kick off the NRL season.

If Farah is selected - which is expected - for the season opener he will play against his beloved Tigers for the first time in a decade-long rugby league career.

It's an emotional bookend on what has been a turbulent 18 months for the representative hooker, who fell out with Tigers coach Jason Taylor in 2015 and endured a sour end to his career at Concord before heading to Redfern.

The NRL draw hasn't done him any favours as he attempts to steer attention away from his Tigers connection.

And while he remains close friends with many Tigers players, he says those relationships go out the window as soon as he pulls on the cardinal and myrtle of the Rabbitohs.

"There will be no love lost but after the game you shake hands and resume the friendship," Farah told Fox Sports News 500.

"Obviously going to be nervous, any first game at a new club you want to get off to a good start.

"Regardless of the opposition that doesn't change. I want to put in a good performance and win that game and that's all I'll be thinking about.

"There'll be no chat to be honest. It will be head down and we'll resume the friendship after the game. They'll be doing their best to win that game ... as will I."

Farah was reluctant to answer questions relating to the Tigers when he fronted media at Redfern Oval on Thursday.

He said he didn't want to discuss his "ex girlfriend", though did enjoy that particular analogy given he debuted in Souths colours last week at Campbelltown.

"That's a bit weird. But I guess I had my new girlfriend in my old girlfriend's house because we had our first game at Campbelltown," Farah laughed.

"That was a bit weird playing my first Rabbitohs game at an old home ground of mine.

"But it felt good putting that jersey on and getting out there."

Robbie Farah acknowledges the fans during his lap of honour at Leichhardt last year.

Pressed again on the differences between the two clubs Farah responded: "I don't want to talk about that ex girlfriend.

"There's nothing to compare, I came here with an open mind and a real focus to enjoy my training, enjoy my footy."

Farah won a premiership with the Tigers in 2005 and played 247 games for the club before cutting the cord to join the Rabbitohs last year.

He says his closest family and friends have followed him to Redfern and they will now call themselves Rabbitohs supporters, despite the longstanding connection to the Tigers.

"My nephew was actually the ball boy for the Tigers last year but he's jumped ship and now he's our ball boy here," he said.

"He's excited, the whole family is excited. My old man grew up a Bunnies fan so he gets to come back to his traditional club."

News Corp Australia


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