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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Unread post by shane2801 » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 11:29 am

Im happy that he is here only for depth. I dont really want to see him starting. I've never been a big fan. Too hit or miss for me.
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Unread post by Masterton » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 11:32 am

shane2801 wrote:
Sun 13 Aug, 2017 11:29 am
Im happy that he is here only for depth. I dont really want to see him starting. I've never been a big fan. Too hit or miss for me.
"He will be given every opportunity to compete for a starting position"

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Unread post by Tone » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 11:33 am

Poor old Chris Lawrence will have some competition for the club try scoring record now.

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Unread post by Russell » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 11:33 am

Some obviously want to set up the Wests Tigers retirement home for wayward boys and girls.

Do not believe anyone is even thinking of, let alone mentioning Farah and Heighington.
Benji is one thing, they are totally different.

Imo Benji could make a good centre (Brooks best game was when Benji was in the centre), move Masters to the second row and with Rowdy or Taylor next to Benji to help with defence - problem solved.

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Unread post by Masterton » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 11:34 am

Had a mate who was a mad Tigers fan who died a few weeks back. He would have been a happy man today.
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Unread post by Russell » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 11:38 am

Tone wrote:
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Poor old Chris Lawrence will have some competition for the club try scoring record now.
No problems, Rowdy is signed for longer than Benji, and reserve grade is not counted.

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Unread post by Harvey » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 11:39 am

As long as we did not pay him too much, is a good media story. Now to chase Heigno & bring bustling Bryce Gibbs out of retirement.

Are we also chasing Ayshford for a farewell appearance?

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Unread post by TigersBusDriver » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 11:41 am

"I'm coming home. I never wanted to leave the place, and I've tried several times to get back and now I've got my chance."
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Unread post by InBenjiWeTrust » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 11:41 am

Earl wrote:
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He is our best ever player and he is playing really well right now. I reckon he would be a great option for us.
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we need him, at least as a backup for Raynolds, Brooks :sign:

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Unread post by GNR4LIFE » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 11:42 am

Enough water has passed under the bridge imo. Welcome home Benjamin.

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Unread post by Masterton » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 11:44 am

Harvey wrote:
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Are we also chasing Ayshford for a farewell appearance?
He was good enough to push Konrad Hurrell out the club.
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Unread post by Harvey » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 11:48 am

From Club Website: "Wests Tigers Welcome Home Benji Marshall"
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 and returns for the first time since 2013.

Wests Tigers Head Coach Ivan Cleary welcomed Marshall back to the club.

“Benji has been one of the premier players in the NRL since his debut season and it’s great to be able to welcome him back to Wests Tigers,” said Cleary. “He brings more than 250 games of NRL experience back to this club which will be invaluable for our young side.

“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,” he said.

Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe said that the Life Member brings a wealth of experience to the club.

"The whole club is really excited to be welcoming a legend like Benji back,” said Pascoe. “Benji has as a long history with this club, with the Members, with the fans and with the stakeholders and bringing back a Life Member to help 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,” he said. “Benji 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, be a mentor for the younger players coming through.

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

Marshall has played 264 NRL games for Wests Tigers, the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Brisbane Broncos and won the Golden Boot award in 2010. He has represented New Zealand on 25 occasions and was named a Wests Tigers Life Member in 2013.

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Unread post by Milky » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 11:49 am

This signing has made my day and by far my favourite for next season.

We finally have competition for spots.

Benji, Brooks, Reynolds and Gamble all competing for 2 positions.

Man im excited.

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Unread post by InBenjiWeTrust » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 11:51 am

Marshall is arguably the best goal kicker we have ATM.

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Unread post by Curaeus » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 11:55 am

Benji will be an asset both on and off the field and his signing comes at a time when good news stories both for our club and the NRL have been pretty thin on the ground! He's been going well up north and won't be a passenger. Also good that when he does play his last game it's likely to be in our club colours-which is as it should be!

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Unread post by GNR4LIFE » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 11:58 am

This opens the door for a lot of possibilities

1. Lolo
3. Marshall
6. Reynolds
7. Brooks

1. Benji
6. Reynolds
7. Brooks
14. Lolo

1. Lolo
6. Reynolds
7. Marshall

6. Reynolds
7. Brooks
14. Marshall

Let the off season battle for spots begin.

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Unread post by dazza65 » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 11:58 am

As other people have said.... you just can't please some people. This is great news for the following:
1. He's good enough for the bronco's (top 4) this year playing a specific role that he can play for us but some are still naysaying
2. Even at 32 (?) he is light years better than JLJ
3. He will provide quality depth, something we haven't had for years and put some pressure on the halves
4. He will, I think, be a great mentor for brooks, LoLo and other PacIslanders

On top of this the publicity and $$ he will bring in will not have an equal
And if by chance it does all blow up - it's a one year deal
Great signing in every way -
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Unread post by GNR4LIFE » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 12:10 pm

Put it this way, he won't be any worse than Idris has been whose also been on a one year deal. It's smart signing him for a year. If he works out, we could offer him for something for 2019 too. If he's a bust, we have plenty of other options available. For those reasons, it's a pretty safe purchase.

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