Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Earlier this week, the Wests Tigers confirmed that they would not be re-signing club legend and current halfback Benji Marshall.
The 35-year-old has stated in the past that he would like to play on in 2021, so this means he will be playing to impress potential suitors for the rest of the season.
Let’s have a look at where Marshall could end up in 2021.
For the past two years, the Brisbane Broncos have been suffering a halves dilemma that the club thought would be solved with the signing of Brodie Croft.
This has not been the case, with both Croft and halves partner Anthony Milford finding themselves out of the Broncos’ starting 17 at times this year.
While he is no longer at his peak, Benji Marshall would bring with him some much-needed experience and stability to Brisbane.
Marshall played 13 games for the club in 2017.
CANTERBURY BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
The Bulldogs have recently announced the signing of Blake Green, who will likely miss the start of the 2021 NRL season with an ACL injury.
Signing Benji Marshall would fill the void left by Green and a possibly departing Kieran Foran, which would prove beneficial in a young Bulldogs backline.
Not to mention, Benji would have the opportunity to play alongside his brother Jeremy Marshall-King at the Bulldogs.
“He is a terrific player and person and will unequivocally have the full admiration and respect of this organisation in whatever he does next in life.” — CEO @JustinPascoeWT pic.twitter.com/CCYF0mutVg
— Wests Tigers (@WestsTigers) September 1, 2020
GOLD COAST TITANS
Things are already looking up for the Titans in 2021, with the signings of Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, Herman Ese’ese and David Fifita Jr.
Recruiting Benji Marshall to mentor Ash Taylor and Jamal Fogarty for a year, while being a calming presence on the field has both short and long-term benefits for the Gold Coast.
If Marshall fails to find a club in Australia, he’d likely receive interest from teams in the Super League.
A move to England for New Zealand International would likely see a significant boost in ratings due to Marshall’s reputation in the Rugby League community as a whole.
The attacking based competition that is the Super League, also provides Marshall with more freedom to play his natural game.