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any truth to the rumour we are signing benji for one year and letting walters go to broncos
Hard to imagine a more stupid turn of events if true
‘Life’s not all about money’: Benji Marshall opens up on future
By Zachary Gates
2 hours ago
Legendary playmaker Benji Marshall has spoken for the first time since knocking back a monster pay deal with Super League club Hull FC, declaring “life’s not all about money”. Hopes of Marshall’s illustrious NRL career ending on a fairytale note at Wests Tigers were dashed when coach Michael Maguire in August told him he wouldn’t be offered a contract for 2021.
And while the 2005 premiership hero was reportedly in talks to join the North Queensland Cowboys on a $150,000 contract, and later Hull on a blockbuster $722,000 deal, neither agreement eventuated. Marshall said he had opted to prioritise family over money. “Life’s not all about money and when I thought about the pros and cons, the pros were just about the money,” Marshall told Triple M. "If it was about the money I probably would’ve retired five years ago. "
Good luck Benji your not missed and its not about the $.
Culture is already looking better at WT without having a sook around the team.
When you think Wests Tigers, you think Benji Marshall and vice versa it’s as simple as that… and I don’t see that changing anytime soon
Yes he’s not the player he once was, but that doesn’t mean we should disrespect the greatest player in the clubs history whom had put this team on the map leading us to our first and only premiership, more so respect his decision to wanna play on and wish him all the best and cherish the memories he had once demonstrated at this team and give him the respect he deserves and allow him to do whatever he wishes as we owe him that at the very least wouldn’t you think, I don’t understand why everyone’s so bothered about him believing in himself that he can play another season, it has no barring on us whatsoever if he plays on somewhere else to try further his legacy that’s fine, for all he has done for this club we should support a club legends aspirations not put him down…
I’m not upset we didn’t re-sign benji, I personally think it was the correct decision in terms of this club moving forward however I do think he deserves to be respected and appreciated for the things he has done for this great club, and should be able to make whatever decision he thinks is right for himself and be supported by us fans
Think what you like its your choice, we all have our own thoughts, second time round one things why ask him to come back he never developed any players it was all about him.
I wished him all the best, he was a sook that’s not being disrespectful just stating the facts on how he left.
I think you will find he has rubbed a lot of long term supporters the wrong way not only how he left this time but also the prior time as well. Maybe you don’t recall history but he was one of the main instigators in having Sheens removed then the following season did not see out his contract and went to play rugby union.
Herald Sun - 18/07/2013
BENJI Marshall has walked out on the Wests Tigers _ but wants a return to the club in coming years.
Marshall posted a four minute video on the club’s website today revealing why he made the contentious decision to quit.
“It’s been a hard time for myself and my family but as you all know I have made my decision to move on from the club at the end of this year. It was probably the hardest decision I have had to make,” Marshall said.
"I feel like I have done everything in the game at this club, including winning a premiership, representing my country, captaining my country, winning a Four Nations, winning a World Cup and winning the Golden Boot. Without (the fans) support, a lot of that couldn’t have been achieved.
"I feel like I am the person I am today based upon what I have done at this club. At the end of the day, my decision was based on what was best for myself and my family. Not only that but what was best for the club also.
"I know some people won’t be happy but some will be happy to see me go. That’s life, rugby league is a game and the club is bigger than me.
"I will honour my words about not playing for another (NRL) club. There is no other NRL club for me to play for. The Tigers are my home and will always be my home.
“I have seen guys like Mark O’Neill leave, go to England and then come back to the club. I am hoping to do the same in some capacity after I retire, maybe be involved with the club. Hopefully get back into it somewhere.”
Marshall said he was not angry at the club.
“There is no hard feeling between myself or the club,” he said.
"A the end of they day they did what they thought they could in the (salary) cap to keep me but this decision goes far further beyond than money.
“If it was in the past I could have take more money to go elsewhere. I feel like I have given my life to the club. Eleven years is a long time. I will never forget the years I had here.”
Well he did not play for another club but more than one, was given a lifeline to come back, Madge selected him also to play for NZ after 7 years being exiled.
Lastly 2005 was not all about Marshall there is no i in Team.
Agree Marshall will be remembered for being a great player for the Tigers but he will also now be remembered for being someone that wanted to play on too long as should have retired back in 2018.