Wests Tigers ace Esan Marsters outshining rep rivals in Kiwi and contract push
April 2, 2018 6:00am
Source: FOX SPORTS
HE’S the 21-year-old makeshift centre stealing the spotlight from the game’s most exciting young stars.
He’s also fast becoming a bolter for the New Zealand Test team in the process.
Wests Tigers ace Esan Marsters is still very much in his NRL infancy but attracting plenty of attention.
As one of seven current starting first graders off-contract this year, it should come as no surprise Marsters is turning plenty of heads in club land with his dominant displays.
Although it isn’t the fact he’s off-contract or the desire to push for a New Zealand jersey that’s driving him this year.
“The interest is great, and there is definitely the dream to pull on the Kiwi jersey, although my focus is on winning games with this team,” a humble Marsters told foxsports.com.au.
“If I play to my potential and we are winning games all the rest of that stuff will take care of itself”.
If his start is anything to go by, it’s only a matter of time before rep football and a hefty new contract comes his way.
In a team shocking the competition, Marsters has been a shining light for the joint venture.
When the Wests Tigers saw their draw for the first five rounds of the 2018 premiership, there was little doubt of the magnitude of the task that lay before them.
Not only would they play each of last years’ Top Four but they’d face the premiers, Melbourne, twice.
For Marsters, the task has been just as big.
In four of the games he’d have to oppose the most heralded young centres in the game, and in the other, one of its most decorated and accomplished.
“When you get selected you definitely look to who your opposite number will be, my job is to limit their impact to help the team,” he said.
Hard fought victories against the Storm and Roosters showed their mettle, while it was only a contentious refereeing decision that cost them a likely draw against the Broncos.
Marsters impressive play has been instrumental in all these results outplaying his more heralded opponents.
His first round opponent was no slouch. In fact it was NSW bolter, Latrell Mitchell.
Marsters produced a man of the match performance.
According to Fox Sports Lab, he ran for a team high 190 metres from 19 carries to Mitchell’s 35 metres from six carries.
The form against Origin hopefuls continued when he bested Storm centre Curtis Scott in the second round and backed it up by outpointing Blues gun Jack Bird.
In three games he’s run for an impressive 391 metres with seven tackle busts, a try assist and a line break.
But his job on Monday could be his most difficult with the possibility of lining up against former Origin and Australian star, Michael Jennings, depending on which side of the field he finds himself.
Marsters response to that prospect is simple.
“It’s team first, I’d love the challenge to play against him (Jennings) and I’ll put my best foot forward to help the team win,” Marsters said.
How refreshing is the new Tigers attitude, the old Tigers of yesteryear seems so far long away in our rear view mirror and I pray it stays there. Some one re-sign him already!!!