Cleary open to Farah, Marshall playing on
Wests Tigers Head Coach Ivan Cleary says he's open to the possibility of Life Members Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah playing on at the club beyond 2018.
Full of praise for the way in which the veteran off-contract duo have handled themselves on and off the field this year, Cleary said he would be happy for the pair to play on at the club going forward.
"I'd love them to play next year," Cleary told reporters on Thursday.
"Guys like Benji and Robbie have had such long, distinguished careers — certainly at this club what they've done has been enormous and they're still playing well.
"It's one of those things where it's that time in their career that they need to want to go around again [and] we've also got to be able to make it work as well. I'd like to see it happen, but at the end of the day, they've got to want it in their hearts to do it... we'll see how it goes."
While their contributions on the field has certainly been evident in stirring upset wins over the Dragons and Rabbitohs in the last month, Cleary also said the return of the duo had provided plenty off the field too — praising the pair in their involvement to help bring out the best in the teammates around them.
"They're showing good signs off the field," Cleary enthused.
"Players careers can end quickly and sometimes you don't know when that is. Then again, they can go on longer than you think as well so it really is a balancing act.
"But especially for a club like us and where we're at, it's key. We're at a building phase now and we're trying to climb the ladder and become a club that can be successful, so to have guys who have already done so much for the club but want to come back and help out is really important.
"Especially in Robbie's case, I really think he can add so much to a guy like Jacob [Liddle].
"But you know, both Benji and Robbie have got to want to play and be able to play as well. It's a delicate situation for those guys, but I think they'll know what to do and when that day happens we'll let you know."