Long-time stalwart Farrar gets top class recognition


WALLABYS powerhouse prop Aaron Farrar will spend the next two weeks contemplating his future after being named Gladstone and District Rugby League A grade player of the year on Friday night.

Farrar, who turns 35 in December, is not yet decided on whether he will back up as a player or coach for Wallabys next season although Friday's award at the GDRL presentation dinner would suggest he could go around again.

He earnt the award through his efforts up front as Wallabys marched to the GDRL title and CQ Extended League grand final as well as his strong representative form for the CQ Capras.

'It was a bit of a surprise,'' Farrar said of the honour. 'I've always held Gladstone league highly and, to me, playing for Gladstone is better than Capras and that sort of thing so to get the award, I was rapt.'

Farrar said his well-documented past history at the judiciary had most likely prevented him winning such awards.

'Other aspects of my game have held me back from winning something like this but, at this time of my career, it was a nice thing to receive.

'Being a front-rower, you don't score a lot of points or do the flashy things so it's good to get recognition for the work you do.'

Dropping the oft-quoted 'you're a long time retired' line, Farrar said he would take two weeks' break before beginning his off-season training program and later making a decision on a possible retirement.

'I haven't made a decision yet,' he said. "I'll speak with other players before making a call.'

Farrar said a loss of Wallabys players for next season would make it less likely he would retire, preferring to hang up his boots with the club in a position of strength.

Farrar said he was honoured to secure the award ahead of what he considered to be a lengthy list of worthy contenders including his Wallabys skipper Ron Craig and Gladstone Brothers captain Russell Groth.