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Hard working back-rower Jarred Farlow is close to making his NRL debut for Wests Tigers against Penrith Panthers at Centrebet Stadium on Sunday, June 9.

A Balmain junior with the Leichhardt Wanderers Club, 26-year-old Farlow has been named by Coach Mick Potter on a five-man interchange bench.

Farlow has spent the past seven seasons in the NSW Cup with Balmain and now Wests Tigers. He also played two seasons for Balmain in the Jersey Flegg competition.

Should he take the field, Farlow will become the seventh player this season to make his NRL debut for Wests Tigers under Potter should he take to the field behind Jack Buchanan, Ava Seumanufagai, Sitaleki Akauola, Sauaso Sue, Shaun Spence and David Nofoaluma.

He would also become the 165th player to represent Wests Tigers in first grade.

Wests Tigers NSW Cup Coach Paul Fletcher has overseen Farlows development in recent years and describes him as a real footballer.

Jarreds defensive techniques are second to none and he would have one of the best techniques in the club, Fletcher said.

When Jarred hits you, you know you are hit. He does all the little things right. He is a footballer.

Jarred knows how to play the game. One of his best attributes is that he can play edge, tight, or at nine. He has even played in the halves for me and no matter where you play him, he gets the job done for you. Nothing fazes him.

Out of all the blokes Ive coached, Jarred is one player who totally deserves this opportunity. Im very pleased for him."