JAMES Tedesco’s strong bond with the Wests Tigers playing roster, particularly stars Luke Brooks, Aaron Woods and Robbie Farah, was one of the driving reasons behind his backflip to stay with the club.
The Daily Telegraph can reveal Tedesco reported for training on Tuesday visibly distressed before talking to players and the club’s coaching staff to convey his confusion.
Tedesco, who has played just 25 NRL games, then went for a coffee with Farah to further discuss his desire to turn his back on the lucrative Canberra deal he had signed for next season, before again meeting the Tigers skipper for further talks on Wednesday.
Once Tedesco had decided to exercise his right to pull out of the three-year Canberra contract, it was decided he needed to personally call Raiders coach Ricky Stuart to explain his reasoning.
On Fox Sports’ NRL360, Farah confirmed he had advised a worried Tedesco about his future.
“I spoke to the kid. I noticed at training that’s he’s been down the last few days,” Farah said.
“I had a chat to him yesterday (Tuesday) and he confided in me and I told him to go away and think about things.
“He was finding it difficult to leave and as a mate and club captain I gave him my opinion and some advice.
“I told him if he was serious about changing his mind we’d obviously support him.
“It’s a big decision and something he has to live by. At the end of the day he has followed his heart.”