Farah: Losing Captaincy A Positive
Much has been made of the falling out between Robbie Farah and Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor last season, but the 2005 premiership-winner hopes the pair can put the saga behind them.
"We moved on a long time ago," Farah.
"We're both professional. I tried to not let it affect me. It didn't affect me in terms of coming to training every day and working my butt off right through pre-season.
"That's all I was focused on. I knew that everything would take care of itself."
Farah was quick to rubbish reports that there was lingering tension between the two men heading into the new season.
"There's no tension. Like anything, when you've got to have a difficult conversation, it's never nice," the former Tigers captain said.
"We're both professional. Even right through it – the last two games last year – we'd come to training, he was the coach, and I was the captain, and you work together, and that's the way it's been right through."
The ongoing ordeal took its toll, with the NSW dummy-half admitting his performances in 2015 weren't up to scratch.
"It probably affected my enjoyment of the footy. When you have to deal with different problems and stuff that we've gone through in the last few years, it definitely affects your enjoyment."
Speaking to media after a gruelling morning training session at Campbelltown Oval on Tuesday, Farah revealed how relinquishing the captaincy at the end of last season helped him mentally.
"It's a massive load off. It's probably the best thing I've ever done, to be honest," he said of giving up the captaincy.
"It was very stressful, especially when you're at a club like ours and we've had the dramas that we've had in the last couple of years.
"When you're the captain you have to front the media every week and answer questions, and people are always coming to you for answers, that does wear you down. It definitely wore me down."
While he's happy to forego the extra responsibilities required of an NRL captain, Farah looks back at his time as Tigers skipper fondly.
"The biggest time in my career was to lead this club, and I did that for seven years, but I just thought for myself, I needed to be selfish and worry about what was best for me," Farah told media.
"I've really enjoyed the last three months, not having that added responsibility. I just come into training and worry about myself, and do what I have to do and rip in at training, and I can go home and not worry about everything else going on."
With veterans Pat Richards and Keith Galloway moving on, the club turned to its younger brigade for a new leader.
They didn't have to look far, with NSW and Australia representative Aaron Woods the easy choice for the job.
"I think Woodsy was the standout choice, and I know being a local junior how much it means to him," Farah said of his new captain.
"I gave Woodsy my vote of confidence. He's a player we can build this club around for many years."
Woods has wasted little time seeking his former skipper's advice, calling Farah on a regular basis to pick his brain.
"He said 'If you ever need any help, just come and speak to me'," Woods said of his first phone conversation with Farah.
"I asked him a million questions, and he still gave me the answers. He hasn't changed one bit. He's still a professional."
This article first appeared on NRL.com