TIGERS’ LEFT FIELD KICKING OPTION
They had two different goal kickers last season but this one came straight out of left field.
He’s never kicked at NRL level.
Actually, since he’s been part of the Wests Tigers’ system, he’s never put the ball on the tee but it’s a skill he’s always known he had.
Now, Esan Marsters, the hulking 105kg centre, has emerged from out of nowhere to press his claims for the job as goal-kicker for the Tigers.
“I kept the secret to myself. No one knew,” Marsters told Private Ryan.
“I put my hand up this year. Hodgo (assistant coach Brett Hodgson) asked me at one of the training sessions if I kicked and that was my opportunity to start kicking.
“When the boys see me kick they were pretty surprised. It’s going well.”
Last year the Tigers experimented used Mitchell Moses and Tui Lolohea as their first-choice kickers but a training exercise unearthed Marsters’ hidden talent.
With Marsters poised to start the season in the centres, the former Junior Kiwis representative is pushing to be No.1 kicker after smashing his teammates in the weekly kicking challenges at training.
“Me, Tui and Taane (Milne) have been kicking,” he said.
“We all kick against each other and see who can get the most in.
“Tui kicked last year so he’ll have the first-string kicking but hopefully I’ll get a few kicks if he doesn’t want to kick or doesn’t go too good. At the moment, I’d think he’ll start but we’ll see how he feels and how Ivan feels.”