Benji Marshall - Official..

Should we try get Benji back?

Yes - It would be like the second coming of our Messiah!
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No way - Bringing back Benji is a step backwards. We need new direction, new blood.
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Re: Benji - official

Unread post by Cosimo_Zaretti » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 3:21 pm

Fade To Black wrote:
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maxxy86 wrote:
Sun 13 Aug, 2017 12:23 pm
Anyone think the grub to play 9??
I wouldn't mind seeing Brooks tried at 9.
Brooks and Reynolds are both arm grabbers in defence. Either of them would be a disaster at 9.
Reynolds is just as likely to come up with a shoulder charge, spear tackle, clothes hanger or just trip them over. Or he might jump up from behind the play the ball, ankle tap the dummy half and get ten in the bin. His defence is like a box of chocolates. Never know what you're going to get.


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Unread post by Tigerdave » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 3:30 pm

tsjonathan wrote:
Sun 13 Aug, 2017 2:34 pm
Why didn't the tigers keep Moses, Martin or Austin?
Don't know how many times this needs to be said, Moses didn't want to stay, he had a contract in front of him for ages and he didn't sign and ultimately, he showed who he really was when the contract was withdrawn and he sooked and dogged it for us.

As for Austin and Martin, unfortunately, the club tried to show loyalty to Moses and well......see above. The club was doing the right thing by Austin and Martin who both wanted first grade spots.

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Unread post by The_Doc » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 3:33 pm

Im very happy with this i would be playing Benji off the bench can cover most positions in the backline and possibly even hooker but i would imagine if necessary we could push the grub there.
At very least it give Brooks the kick in the arse he needs.
Welocme home Benji...

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Unread post by ed612313 » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 4:13 pm

Good signing if we paying him low 100s and he is playing state cup. Happy for him to be a back up for any injuries but no more...

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Unread post by sheer64 » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 4:34 pm

Can only hope he comes with the same attitude being shown at the Broncos.
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Unread post by stryker » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 4:43 pm

I wanted Benji after he left Dragons as a super sub.
A year later and with extra knowledge gained through the Bronco system and I am even keener. He is my favourite attacking player ever and i cant wait to see him again in our colours.

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Unread post by Shubert » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 4:46 pm

Welcome home and onto the bus Benji - the yellow ribbon is still tied around the tree

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Unread post by Love the WestsTigers » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 5:11 pm

stryker wrote:
Sun 13 Aug, 2017 4:43 pm
I wanted Benji after he left Dragons as a super sub.
A year later and with extra knowledge gained through the Bronco system and I am even keener. He is my favourite attacking player ever and i cant wait to see him again in our colours.
x2

Massive man-crush on Benji

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Unread post by madunit » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 5:26 pm

I was very happy when he left because he was not happy and playing like Rubbish.

I'm happier he's returning. The club would be an entirely different one to what he left behind. Only Brooks, Lawrence, Nofoaluma and Sue remain from the 2013 Tigers squad that Benji was a part of.

Benji's running game looks to have returned too. He could be a super sub, capable of filling in at centre, fullback, wing and the halves.
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Unread post by yeti » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 6:14 pm

Yep - gotta say that I never thought we'd see him in Tigers colours again, but really pleased he'll be heading back here. He should help the young fellas a lot with his experience and improved attitude.

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Unread post by Chipofftheoldblock » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 7:18 pm

Great signing for our halves and now puts pressure on Brooks and can mentor Gamble as well. Can cover FB,centre, halves and hooker (i actually reckon he would go okay there in a short stint- his defence his much better than it used to be and his quickness out of DH will get us on the front foot). Welcome back home Benji

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Unread post by matchball » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 7:47 pm

Tickets sales and jerseys alone will be great for the club.
It will dwarf his small salary.
I've still got the game ball from the grand final sitting in a case. It's quite possibly the magic flick pass ball.
The 2 balls went to auction so it's a 50/50 chance.
I stare at the grass stains on it and think of Benji.

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Unread post by old man tiger » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 7:53 pm

Our biggest problem in attack is converting possession in the oppositions 20 into points, something he has done well with limited opportunities for the Broncs.

We seem to march up the field a lot better than we did for most of his first stint here.

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Unread post by kh_canada » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 8:41 pm

Good news. Having Benji, whether he plays as 14 or makes his way into the starting line-up, keeps JLJ far far away from the 18.

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Unread post by Tacky » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 10:12 pm

BENJI Marshall will finish his career at the Wests Tigers after the club announced it was bringing home arguably its greatest ever player.

It’s a huge boost for morale and even though he’s well and truly into his twilight years, the 2005 premiership winner is still a valuable enough commodity to ensure that the move will have an impact on both the Broncos and the club that made him a superstar.

We gauge the move’s impact with five burning questions.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR BENJI?

He’s played for two other NRL clubs since leaving the Wests Tigers in 2013 but Benji has never looked quite right out of the black and orange.

For a decade he was the face of one of the most exciting franchises in the competition and it’s fitting that he’ll finish his career there.

The classy half returns at an interesting time for the club and he has the chance to add to his legacy by helping the Tigers rebound from their most miserable years since the joint venture was founded.

More than likely his impact will be more keenly felt off the field than on it.

With Josh Reynolds joining the Tigers on a big money deal next season, Benji will arrive with the understanding that he is not one of the club’s first choice halves.

His role will be to mentor Luke Brooks, a responsibility that he first took on back in 2013 when the No.7 was 18 and touted to be the NRL’s next great halfback.

While that hasn’t come to fruition just yet, Brooks has recently shown signs that he is ready to come of age and having Benji in his ear on the training paddock will only accelerate that process.

On the field, Benji will more than likely be used in the bench utility role and will be called upon to close out games, with Josh Reynolds possibly pushing into hooker at times to give young gun Jacob Liddle a spell.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR THE TIGERS?

For a club that has had its soul ripped out at various times in the past few years, this is a great opportunity to start the healing process.

The exits of Benji and Robbie Farah were tinged with sadness for the fanbase, and neither separation was managed particularly well by the club.

After being promised an upgrade and contract extension following years of playing for below his market value, Benji rightfully felt betrayed when the Tigers did a 180 and forced him out of the club.

No doubt time has helped heal old wounds but there’s nothing quite like a reunion to renew the warmth in the relationship.

Ivan Cleary has so far done a great job getting Tigers fans onside and bringing Benji home will only extend the honeymoon.

Next on the agenda is improving the results, and the 32-year-old’s arrival can help with that as well.

The Tigers will have a completely new look spine in 2018 and Benji’s football intelligence will help stitch it together as a sounding board for Brooks and countryman Tui Lolohea in particular.

As far as injury cover in the halves, no other team will be as well placed and just having him as an option should push Brooks and Reynolds to ply their best footy.

He will also play a role in helping settle fellow Kiwis Ben Matulino and Russell Packer and if Cleary can keep them happy and playing well, the Tigers are every chance of challenging for a top eight spot.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR THE BRONCOS?

Having offered Benji a one-year contract extension, Wayne Bennett will no doubt be disappointed to lose his back up half.

The super coach has spoken in glowing terms about the former Golden Boot winner’s attitude and dedication since his surprise arrival at Red Hill and his influence around the club will be missed.

He has made nine appearances in first grade this season and his form has been good enough to spark debate around Brisbane’s best halves combination.

With Andrew McCullough out for the season, he may yet force his way into Bennett’s best 17 for the finals and a possible tilt at a premiership.

That’s a remarkable statement given his career looked all but over this time last year and had he stuck around in Brisbane for 2018 he would have liked his chances of playing an even more significant role, with Ben Hunt departing and an element of uncertainty hanging over the Broncos’ spine.

At this stage it looks like Kodi Nikorima will slot in alongside Anthony Milford in the halves, but Bennett would have loved the security of having the classy Marshall to bring in to cover injuries and the testing Origin period.

WILL IT BE ONE AND DONE?

At this stage of his career Benji was never going to get more than a one-year deal but there’s no guarantee that 2018 will be his last season.

A promising career in the media awaits when he hangs up his boots but the veteran has long been living by the motto that you’re a long time retired.

While he’s enjoying his football and having a positive impact on the club he plays at, Benji is every chance to keep going — just look at Paul Gallen, who turns 36 tomorrow, making him nearly four years Benji’s senior.

At this stage of his career, the half is not commanding the big money deals he once did, which makes his acquisition a genuine value buy for the Tigers.

If he can stay injury free and play like he has for the Broncos when he’s been used this year, Benji may yet go on until 2019.

ARE THE TIGERS FINISHED SPENDING?

While there are many clubs that are struggling to stay under the projected $9.2 million salary cap for next season, the Tigers still have room to add more quality to their roster.

Just getting Robbie Farah’s salary off their books in 2018 frees up approximately $700,000 to add to the hefty salaries that were commanded by Aaron Woods, Mitchell Moses and James Tedesco.

While they have signed Reynolds, Packer and Matulino on good money, the Tigers will still be in a position to add one or two additional pieces to the puzzle if the right players become available.

There has been speculation that Woods could yet be back at Concord next season, given Canterbury’s cap woes, but even if that doesn’t eventuate it would not be a surprise to see the Tigers add another high profile player to their roster in the next couple of months.


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Unread post by weststigers » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 10:17 pm

matchball wrote:
Sun 13 Aug, 2017 7:47 pm
Tickets sales and jerseys alone will be great for the club.
It will dwarf his small salary.
I've still got the game ball from the grand final sitting in a case. It's quite possibly the magic flick pass ball.
The 2 balls went to auction so it's a 50/50 chance.
I stare at the grass stains on it and think of Benji.
How many replays have you watched of 05 trying to work out whether your ball is "the one"?

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Unread post by sheer64 » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 10:28 pm

matchball wrote:
Sun 13 Aug, 2017 7:47 pm
Tickets sales and jerseys alone will be great for the club.
It will dwarf his small salary.
I've still got the game ball from the grand final sitting in a case. It's quite possibly the magic flick pass ball.
The 2 balls went to auction so it's a 50/50 chance.
I stare at the grass stains on it and think of Benji.
I think we should all be invited around to your house to worship the ball and partake in the free beer. :lol:
Arise Sir Waste Anasta, Tool of the highest order!

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Unread post by pdenny77 » Mon 14 Aug, 2017 8:58 am

stryker wrote:
Sun 13 Aug, 2017 4:43 pm
I wanted Benji after he left Dragons as a super sub.
A year later and with extra knowledge gained through the Bronco system and I am even keener. He is my favourite attacking player ever and i cant wait to see him again in our colours.
This.

I love Benji and will be forever grateful for how I felt in 2005. It was a great year all round..... The Tigers were premiers and NSW won Origin (the last time they were really a dominant team) and I guess you could throw in the fact that I got married (if my wife ever reads this forum).

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