Sport Benji Marshall signs deal to return to the Wests Tigers

08:40  13 august  2017
08:40  13 august  2017 Source:   Sydney Morning Herald

Benji has lots left in his Tigers NRL tank

  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..

Wests Tigers have today announced the signing of Benji Marshall for the 2018 season. The new one-year agreement will see Marshall return to the club where he made his NRL debut in 2003. The 32-year-old Wests Tigers Premiership winner and Life Member has played 201 games for the club

St George Illawarra have smashed the Gold Coast Titans 42-16 at UOW Jubilee Oval.

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.

I encouraged Benji to head home: Bennett

  I encouraged Benji to head home: Bennett Wayne Bennett says Benji Marshall has earned the right to a fairytale finish to his NRL career and was right behind the playmaker's return to the Tigers.A fairytale ending at the joint venture appeared unlikely for Marshall barely 12 months ago when the former New Zealand skipper was forced to snap up an NRL lifeline from Brisbane after being left without a club following 14 seasons in the top grade.

Benjamin Quentin " Benji " Marshall (born 25 February 1985) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer. He currently plays for the Brisbane Broncos in the National Rugby League. He previously played for the St. George Illawarra Dragons and the Wests Tigers .

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.[8].

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."

Cleary urges son Nathan not to rush deal

  Cleary urges son Nathan not to rush deal Father will coach against son in the NRL for just the second time in Australian rugby league history when Ivan faces off Nathan on Sunday.But he admits the final decision will be made by the Panthers halfback.

Wests Tigers have announced the signing of Benji Marshall for the 2018 season, with the playmaker to return to the club where he made his NRL debut in 2003. Benji Marshall to return to the Tigers . Sun 13 Aug, 2017, 10:50am Wests Tigers .

Benji Marshall will return to Wests Tigers on a one-year deal next NRL season. “I look forward to working with Benji over the coming year, he has a lot to offer this club and I know he’s keen to return and make a positive impact on Wests Tigers ,” said coach Ivan Cleary in a statement on Sunday.

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."

Wests Tigers stun Manly Sea Eagles with NRL comeback win

  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.

The Tigers ' five-eighth Benji Marshall and full-back Brett Hodgson Return to Finals Football. In February 2010, the Wests Tigers announced the signing of former Rugby Union star Heighington had one year on his contract left while a handshake deal with Ryan had been made back in

Sign Out. But Benji Marshall 's return to Wests Tigers is dripping with the qualities of a Mills and Boone novel. Marshall and the Tigers confirmed yesterday that the club legend will be returning to Leichhardt in 2018.

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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Penrith scored twice in the final six minutes to beat a gallant Wests Tigers 28-14 and move into the NRL top eight.The match was in the balance until Panthers winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak dived in at the corner to score and edge his side to a six-point lead in the 74th minute.

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