RELIEVED: Wests Tigers captain Aaron Woods says the club's youngsters have to take more responsibility.
RELIEVED: Wests Tigers captain Aaron Woods says the club's youngsters have to take more responsibility. DAVID MOIR

Tigers enjoying end of Farah saga

RUGBY LEAGUE: Wests Tigers captain Aaron Woods says his team is revelling in being free of the long-term drama around former captain Robbie Farah.

Woods' comments - at the code's 2017 season launch in Sydney - will sure to fire up Farah even more when his new team South Sydney takes on the Tigers in round one next Friday night.

Woods said the team's young halves Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses and fullback James Tedesco had to step up as the club's new leaders in the absence of their long-time No.9.

"We've obviously had a few dramas in the last 18 months," Woods said.

"So it's good to get away from that and good to have a pre-season drama free."

Farah's ongoing dispute with coach Jason Taylor ended last season when he was released with a year to run on his contract to join the Rabbitohs.

But even with the retirement of hooking utility Dene Halatau in the off-season, Woods said he wasn't concerned about the impact the 247-game veteran's absence might have - provided the youngsters stood up.

"JT has got the side that he wants now," Woods said.

"There are some young blokes like Mitchell Moses, Luke Brooks and James Tedesco that have grown of age a little bit.

"They're going to have to show a bit more leadership qualities without Robbie Farah being there this year. So we're going to have to step up and deliver."

Meanwhile, South Sydney captain Greg Inglis said Farah's arrival at the Rabbitohs had been nothing but positive after his difficult end at the Tigers.

"He's a different voice around the group," Inglis said.

"Him and (Damien) Cooky have been training really well together, they've been terrific. Bouncing off each other and getting ideas, which makes our forward pack a lot better."

News Corp Australia


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