Farah will reportedly leave the Tigers and head to Redfern for the 2017 season with an announcement expected in the next two days.Fox Sports reporter James Hooper reports that Cronulla was close to nabbing Farah before the Origin hooker opted for the Bunnies.“If you had asked me a week ago I would have said all roads lead to up up Cronulla, and Robbie Farah joining the Cronulla Sharks, being in the Shire next season,” Hooper told NRL Tonight.“But as we know rugby league moves in mysterious ways at the best of times, and over the course of the last week South Sydney have absolutely rolled out the red carpet.“Their owner Russell Crowe … and also all of their senior players — Sam Burgess, Greg Inglis — have all been campaigning really heavily in Robbie Farah’s ear.“I think we’ll see over the course of the next 48 hours Robbie Farah will officially sign with the Rabbitohs to play for 2017 and 2018.”Farah and Jason Taylor have had frosty relationship this season, with the coach dropping Farah to reserve grade.
West Brom manager Tony Pulis was happy to reminisce about his fond Stoke memories after his side secured a narrow 1-0 victory over the Potters at the Hawthorns.Brown Ideye’s fifth goal since his failed January move away from the Baggies proved the difference as the hosts held on for a crucial victory which all-but secures their Premier League safety.Pulis, who left Stoke just under two seasons ago, was nostalgic about his time at the Britannia Stadium after the encounter but reiterated the importance of the home side’s victory.“I had a great ten years at Stoke – it was a wonderful journey,” said Pulis.“I left them in a very sound position and to take them to where they went [an FA Cup final] was wonderful. They are years I will remember but today was all about West Brom getting the three points.”The victory lifted West Brom eight points clear of the relegation zone with nine games remaining, but Pulis was unhappy with Michael Oliver’s display after they were denied a second-half penalty.Pulis said: “The referee stopped us from getting a few more. Michael will look at that [the penalty decision] and be very disappointed.“That is as blatant a penalty as I have seen for a long time.”The Baggies boss also singled out new signing Darren Fletcher for special praise as his partnership with James Morrison in central midfield proved instrumental in delivering the three points.“He’s been an absolutely fantastic signing for the football club,” added Pulis.“He seems to be over his illness. He looks as sprightly as any 20-year-old with his enthusiasm and energy levels.”