For Robbie Farah, there is no place like home.
The veteran hooker says footy is fun again after returning to his beloved Wests Tigers, admitting he never felt like he fit in at NRL rivals South Sydney.
Barely 12 months after contemplating retirement at the Rabbitohs, Farah has wound back the clock to inspire the Tigers' unbeaten start to the 2019 NRL season with back-to-back wins.
The 35-year-old doesn't know if his cracking start to the year is sustainable, but will have fun finding out in what looms as his 17th and final NRL season.
"I am enjoying my footy. It's fun. I am back at the Tigers. It's my home," Farah said.
"There were a couple of rough years there with a heap of distractions. It's pretty hard to enjoy your footy when there is all that other stuff going on.
"Now everything is footy first, and I am really enjoying my role within the team. It is probably showing."
What a difference a year makes.
Struggling for a start at the Rabbitohs in Damien Cook's shadow, Farah thought about pulling the plug in early 2018 before jumping at a mid-season return to his spiritual home, the Tigers.
Farah admitted he never got used to being a Rabbitoh during his 18-month stint, having spent 14 seasons at the Tigers.
"I just found the transition difficult. Leaving the Tigers was hard. It probably took me a while to get over that," he said.
"At Souths I probably never felt like I fit in.
"Even though I was at the Rabbitohs, I was still 'Robbie from the Tigers'."
Farah may have never belonged at the Rabbitohs, but said it had nothing to do with former South Sydney coach Michael Maguire, whose tenure was cut short at the end of 2017.
Farah said he had embraced the chance to reunite with his former mentor, who took up the Tigers reins on a three year deal in 2019.
"I struggled with my transition (at Rabbitohs) but it had nothing to do with Madge," he said.
"I was the No.1 advocate for him coming to the Tigers. I was chuffed that they got him as our coach."
Backing up from his first round heroics against Manly, Farah was again at his inspirational best in the Tigers' 34-6 win over the Warriors on Sunday to take the joint venture to the top of the table.
Asked if his form was sustainable at his age, Farah said: ""I don't know whether it is sustainable or not.
"(But) it's easy to play well when you are back home and enjoying your footy and that's what I am doing."
Australian Associated Press