Benji Back To The NRL

Source: Adam Head/
Benji Marshall is on his way back to the NRL Source: Adam Head/
It has been called a failed experiment. Benji Marshall’s dream of playing for the All Blacks has come to an abrupt end, with the former New Zealand international parting ways with the Auckland Blues.

Marshall left the NRL last season after failing to come to terms with the Wests Tigers, the club he began his illustrious career with back in 2003. Voted the best player in the world in 2010, Marshall had struggled to find that same form over the last 2 seasons. Inconsistent, over-rated, uninterested; all these words have been used to describe Benji in recent times. But with the man himself claiming he has reclaimed the hunger that saw him take the Tigers all the way in 2005, he could be a prized signing to a willing NRL club.

Tigers have straight away been crossed off the list, focusing more on retaining their youth. Manly, South Sydney, Roosters and Cowboys all have said no. The only interest seems to be from Cronulla Sharks, who have already poached quite a few Tigers over the past couple of years, and Melbourne, who have said that the only problem is money. And how much will Benji ask for? With the June deadline fast approaching, rumours suggest Benji will have to take a massive pay cut if he wishes to return in 2014.

Also in signings news, the South Sydney Rabbitohs have today grabbed the signature of NSW Origin backrower Glenn Stewart. With Manly continuing to draw out negotiations, Stewart finalised the two-year deal on Tuesday, sparking rumours brother Brett would be seeking a release. Brett Stewart has constantly stated he would never play against Glenn.

Joining the 2011 Clive Churchill medallist in Redfern is Panthers prop Tim Grant, who agreed to terms last week. Given the departure of Sam Burgess for rugby at the end of the season, the Rabbits have been looking for a fitting replacement. They seem to have found it.

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