Michael Maguire hasn’t ruled out offering evergreen hooker Robbie Farah another deal and backed the Wests Tigers veteran to play on in 2020 if he wanted to.
The 2019 NRL season was widely expected to be Farah’s last and he has on numerous occasions insinuated that he was set to hang up his boots.
The 35-year-old earlier in the week seemingly did a U-turn, hinting he could go around again and stating he never definitively said he was retiring.
And Maguire said there was no reason Farah couldn’t do it if he put his mind to it.
“You never know do you. It is round two and we’re going into round three,” Maguire said.
“I think players in this day and age, the way they look after themselves, you never know.
“For Robbie, he’s got to focus on the things he’s been doing in round three. Those things get themselves sorted out later on.”
Farah will turn 36 in January and is in the midst of his 17th NRL season, however a look across the league shows that modern players are playing on for longer.
Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen will be 38 in August in what is his swansong season while Cameron Smith will turn 36 in June and has signed on for another year with Melbourne.
Farah had previously made up his mind to retire at the end of 2018 however was talked out of it and has found a new lease on life under coach Maguire.
After scoring one try and setting up another three in last week’s win over the Warriors, he leads the Dally Ms after two rounds ahead of South Sydney pair Adam Reynolds and Sam Burgess.
“He’s really enjoying himself and understands where he is in his career and he’s enjoying his football,” Maguire said.
“He’s growing a lot of players around him and that’s really helped him this pre- season – it’s not about him it’s about the team.”