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    Maguire calls time on Farah's Tigers era

    South Sydney coach Michael Maguire wants the NRL to remember Robbie Farah's exploits on the NRL field and not the dramas off it, ahead of his 250th game.

    - article from www.rugbyleague.co.nz

    It's time to move on from Robbie Farah's drama-filled end to his career at the Wests Tigers, South Sydney coach Michael Maguire says.

    Farah will bring up his 250th NRL game when he runs out for the Rabbitohs on Saturday in Newcastle, and declared on Wednesday he already felt like part of the Bunnies' family.

    Farah played 247 of those matches at the Tigers, and his feelings towards his former club have again been mentioned in the lead-up to the milestone match.

    But Maguire said it was time to look solely at what the NSW State of Origin No.9 had achieved on the field, and not off it in recent years.

    "I think one thing for Robbie, it would be nice if everyone moves past the stuff that has gone on," Maguire said.

    "Let's look at his footy and let his footy do the talking."

    Farah's final years at the Tigers are well publicised and included him being released during the most recent off-season, more than a year after he was given permission to look elsewhere by coach Jason Taylor.

    He was also a key figure in his 14-year stay there, helping the merged franchise to their maiden premiership in 2005, but later captained through the difficulties of player and coaching staff overhauls.

    Farah was visibly upset after the club's last game at Leichhardt last season, famously sitting as a lone figure on the ledge of the iconic ground's scoreboard as he reflected on his tenure, which had ended in reserve grade.

    But Maguire said he could see the 33-year-old wanted to move on from the dramas.

    "He's been doing that since he's come to our club," Maguire said.

    ""The fact that he's playing his 250th it's great that he's doing that at our club. He's had his path at the other but we're really focused about what he wants to achieve at this club."

    South Sydney players have this week paid tribute to Farah's influence since his arrival.

    He scored his first try in Rabbitohs' colours in their 38-18 win over Manly last week, and has formed an unlikely combination with fellow-hooker Damien Cook, with the duo regularly paired together on the field.

    "He's a very smart player," Maguire said.

    "He's brought a lot of influence around various areas of our game, he's a smart dummy-half - which we all know - and he's starting to implement that into our game plan."

    Souths have planned largely in-house celebrations for Farah given the milestone match is an away clash.

    But Farah said earlier in the week the fact it was even being recognised by the Bunnies, after just three games there, showed how quickly he had settled in.

    "For them to go out of their way to acknowledge my milestone and celebrate that shows that I'm welcomed here and they've accepted me as part of the family," Farah said.

    "The feeling is mutual. I'm very comfortable here and reach a milestone at this great club."


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