Wests Tigers legend Benji Marshall is getting closer to an announcement on his future but insists he’ll be a content man if he plays his final NRL game before making a decision in the off-season.
Marshall was at his ultimate best in the shellacking of the Knights on Saturday with five try assists but any talk the clash could’ve been his final in Campbelltown appears to be wide of the mark with all signs pointing to another season being on the cards.
The joint venture said farewell Robbie Farah at the suburban venue on Saturday night with a lap of honour at half-time but Marshall didn’t receive the same treatment.
“I sort of wanted to wait and let the focus be about making the semis first,” Marshall said.
"They’re [the club] harassing me a bit. Well, everyone is, but I just don’t want to make the wrong decision.
"My body feels fine, body-wise I probably feel the best I have in years.
"But there’s a lot more to it than feeling good. There’s no secret, having a big pre-season under Madge [Michael Maguire] this year helped me provide a base.
“I’m just getting a bit of trust back in the body that I probably haven’t had in a few years. I’m feeling good. I’ll make the decision though in the next couple of weeks. I don’t mind it.”
Marshall’s next mission is to help the side beat his old club St George Illawarra at the SCG to set up a grand finale at Leichhardt Oval in the final round against Cronulla.
The Kiwi international believes returning livewire Josh Reynolds is the key to the final fortnight of the side’s quest to appear in the finals for the first time since 2011.
“He brings so much to the team without playing,” Marshall said.
"His inclusion brought energy without even getting to the game and I noticed an uplift in the team morale this week knowing he was going to be there and he did his job.
“I thought we learnt a lot of lessons off Manly last week, they starved us of the ball and it felt like we were defending the whole game. He’s going to play a big part in the next two weeks.”