Money woes not a distraction, says Farah

JAMES MACSMITH
Last updated 13:10 20/03/2014

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Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah claims the money issues engulfing Balmain Leagues Club are not a distraction for his team ahead of Friday's crunch NRL match against South Sydney.

The Balmain Leagues Club, a financial contributor to the joint venture, was handed a stay of execution on Wednesday after a judge extended an injunction that prevents the club being placed into receivership.

Developers Rozelle Village had argued in the NSW Supreme Court that the club - which owes it millions - has committed breaches that would allow its creditors to appoint a receiver.

The two parties return to court on Friday, with the NRL and the Tigers both issuing statements guaranteeing the future of the club and that it will not relocate.

But Farah said at training on Thursday, Balmain's precipitous financial plight was not an issue for him or his teammates.

"It's not distracting at all," he said.

"It's not for us players to worry about. Our job is to go out there and play football and our CEO and the board can take care of everything else.

"There is no need to reassure us, we know everything is fine.

"We are not CEOs, we are not board members, we were not at the courts listening to the case.

"We are just excited about tomorrow night, it is a great challenge."

Coach Mick Potter said he was confident the Tigers were here to stay.

"I'm pretty confident and the NRL has backed the Wests Tigers to be here for the long term," Potter said.

"So I don't think it is too much of a problem, I don't think it is too much of a distraction.

"It's not really an issue for the football department, it is two steps away from what we do.

"It hasn't really been brought up in discussions with players.

"We worry about what we do which is coach and play rugby league."

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