Wests Tigers star Robbie Farah announces NRL retirement

Robbie Farah darts from dummy half during a NRL game for the Wests Tigers against Parramatta Eels earlier this month. Picture: Joel Carrett/AAP
Robbie Farah darts from dummy half during a NRL game for the Wests Tigers against Parramatta Eels earlier this month. Picture: Joel Carrett/AAP

It's the end of an era for the Wests Tigers.

Veteran Robbie Farah announced this morning that he will retire from rugby league at the end of the 2019 NRL season.

Farah, 35, will retire as the most-capped player in Wests Tigers' history. The wily veteran has played 274 games for the club, including 149 as captain.

Farah's career highlights include playing a key role in the Tigers winning the 2005 premiership and playing 16 State of Origin games for NSW.

Wests Tigers chairman Barry O'Farrell said in a statement that Farah deserved credit for an "incredible and distinguished rugby league career".

"Robbie has given so much to Wests Tigers in his unwavering commitment on and off the field, and it is wonderful to recognise his career and achievements," he said

"His loyalty to the club, determination and toughness will be a lasting inspiration for Wests Tigers players.

"It is fantastic to see him finish his time in rugby league in the colours he is so passionate about."

Robbie Farah poses for a selfie with Wests Tigers supporters at McDonald Jones Stadium last Friday night. Picture: Darren Pateman/AAP

Robbie Farah poses for a selfie with Wests Tigers supporters at McDonald Jones Stadium last Friday night. Picture: Darren Pateman/AAP

The news comes just days after Farah played his 300th NRL game. He celebrated the milestone in style as the Tigers recorded a 28-26 win over the Newcastle Knights at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Robbie Farah leans on the scoreboard at Leichhardt Oval ahead of his 300th NRL game last week. Picture: Grant Troville/NRL Photos

Robbie Farah leans on the scoreboard at Leichhardt Oval ahead of his 300th NRL game last week. Picture: Grant Troville/NRL Photos

After that game, Farah told reporters that he was "really grateful" for everyone who had supported im on the road to 300 games.

"There were some really tough times during my career and it's been a bit of a rollercoaster," Farah said.

"I'm a lucky man because if I didn't have that support network around me, I wouldn't be here today.

"They pushed me along when and when I wanted to quit, they kept me going."

Farah made his NRL debut with the Wests Tigers back in 2003.

He stayed at Wests until 2016 before he controversially left to play at the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Farah returned to the Tigers in 2018 before re-signing to stay with the club last August.