Sport Benji Marshall signs deal to return to the Wests Tigers

08:40  13 august  2017
08:40  13 august  2017 Source:   smh.com.au

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Benjamin Quentin " Benji " Marshall (born 25 February 1985) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer. He plays for the Wests Tigers in the National Rugby League. He plays as a five-eighth or halfback.

In February 2008, the Wests Tigers announced the extension of Benji Marshall 's contract by one year, to the end of 2009. They also announced the signing of Gareth Ellis, the Leeds Rhinos second-rower and international representative, to a three-year deal commencing in 2009.[9].

He's back: Benji Marshall is heading back to the Tigers.© NRL Imagery He's back: Benji Marshall is heading back to the Tigers.

Redemption rather than romance dominates rugby league stories.

But Benji Marshall's return to Wests Tigers is dripping with the qualities of a Mills and Boon novel.

Marshall, 32, and the Tigers confirmed yesterday that the club legend will be returning to Leichhardt in 2018.

"I'm coming home," Benji told The Sun-Herald yesterday. "And it feels good. I never wanted to leave the place, and I've tried several times to get back and now I've got my chance."

Marshall's return to the Tigers will be one of the stories of 2018: A favourite son coming back to help a club that's going through a massive rebuild under new coach Ivan Cleary.

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Benji Marshall believes he is contributing more in his second stint at Wests Tigers than during the side-stepping, flick-passing Marshall accepted a lifeline to return to the Tigers this year on contract worth a fraction of what he had previously earned at the club. Carney signing set to split NRL deal .

Benji Marshall talks about his return to the Wests Tigers and what odds he is of crying when he plays at Leichhardt Oval again. We just both put it out on the table and after that conversation a week later I signed the deal ." Returning Wests Tigers veteran Benji Marshall .

Marshall met with Cleary when the Tigers played the Broncos in round 11 this year and very nearly joined the club then.

"We talked about a mid-year switch," Marshall said. "But in the end I felt like I wanted to see this year out with Brisbane because it's been so good for my game and I've still got work to do with Brisbane. I'm their professional 18th man. My time here with Brisbane has really turned my game around and it has rejuvenated me."

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  Wests Tigers stun Manly Sea Eagles with NRL comeback win These were the kind of scenes you would routinely see at Leichhardt Oval when Benji Marshall was here in his pomp. The Tigers have a long way to go to re-establish themselves as a premiership force but it is for evenings like this that the veteran premiership winner of 12 years ago is returning to the club.A dramatic come-from-behind victory against September-bound Manly had the iconic inner-west venue jumping, Tigers supporters who have done it tough during a challenging season retreating to the waterholes of Balmain Road with smiles from ear to ear.

Yes, the Tigers realised the off-field potential his signing would have on the organisation, but it was always about football. This is home." Benji Marshall on returning to the Tigers . Marshall was given no guarantees. Wests Tigers . Benji 'forgot' his confidence. 1 week ago.

Josh Reynolds has outlined the vital role he must continue to play off the field as the club prepares for Benji Marshall 's return to Leichhardt Oval in Tigers colours for the first time in Wests Tigers . Benji looking forward to Leichhardt return . Yesterday. 01:46. Wests Tigers . Packer confident he will return .

Coming home: Benji Marshall.© NRL Imagery Coming home: Benji Marshall. Marshall doesn't have many regrets in his career but the way he exited the Tigers is one that is driving his return to the club.

"The way I announced I was going to the [Auckland] Blues seemed right at the time, but now that I look at it, I wish I had done things differently," Marshall said. "I never wanted to leave the club, but they didn't want me and I probably could've handled things better back then. The great thing about returning has been telling my family. Most of them are still Tigers fans and they are really happy with the decision. And I'm really happy because I love the club. I tried a few times to come back since I left, but the opportunity just wasn't there under Jason Taylor or Mick Potter.

"Now it's there I hope I can make a difference as a senior player and as someone who might be able to mentor the younger players.

"I come back to the club as a different person and player. I now know how to have a good look at myself and realise how to accept responsibility for my actions and how to fix what I may be doing wrong. In the past it was easy to blame other people instead of owning my flaws or errors."

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  Benji has lots left in his Tigers NRL tank Veteran NRL playmaker Benji Marshall is adamant he has a lot left to offer on his return to Wests Tigers and coach Ivan Ceary agrees.Coach Ivan Cleary agrees and says he wouldn't have brought the veteran playmaker back if that wasn't the case..

Benji Marshall will be back in Tigers colours next year. Source: Getty Images. WESTS Tigers have announced Benji Marshall will return to the club for the 2018 season. Sign up for Sportsmail. The latest sports news, in your inbox daily.

More than a decade since first lighting up the black, white and gold with flick passes and sidesteps to make a grown man weep, Benji Marshall says he is contributing more than ever before to the Wests Tigers cause.

Marshall knows he will be playing second fiddle to the likes of Luke Brooks and new recruit Josh Reynolds, but he hopes to fit in somewhere and help educate the team.

Tigers boss Justin Pascoe said: "The whole club is really excited to be welcoming a legend like Benji back. Benji has a long history with this club, with the members, the fans and with the stakeholders and bringing back a life member to help to continue to transform this footy club is a great result for everyone.

"Benji will add experience and leadership to our young group of players coming through, not only on the field but also off the field. The communication Ivan Cleary, [general manager of football] Kelly Egan and myself have had with Benji is very clear around his role with the Wests Tigers. He will be given every opportunity to compete for a starting position and put pressure on those ahead of him and he will also be expected to, and is looking forward to, being a mentor to those young players coming through.

"What excites me the most is that Benji can see and believes in the direction the club is heading and he wants to be part of that. He sees the future of the Wests Tigers is extremely bright."

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