Unwanted NRL legend Benji Marshall is set to be offered an off-field position at the Tigers in a bid to keep him involved with the club.
Marshall was told by the Tigers last month that his services were no longer required in a playing capacity beyond 2020, before 8,000-plus fans signed a petition to give him one final season in 2021.
However The Daily Telegraph’s Dean Ritchie revealed the petition is set to fail, but the Tigers will offer Marshall an off-field role to keep him involved with the club he loves.
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“No the petition will not work,” Ritchie said on The Big Sports Breakfast.
“I am hearing he will be offered a job at the Wests Tigers as a support for the players.
“They are trying to keep him in the organisation. It won’t be on the field unless there is a late miracle.
“But I think they are looking to keep him on-board in administration, which would keep Benji involved and keep him at the club.
“Benji has to weigh up do I go elsewhere for one year and throw away perhaps a long career off the field at the Wests Tigers or do I take the job.”
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The 35-year-old veteran has scored 93 tries in 322 NRL games to date for the Tigers, Dragons and Broncos.
Marshall has been linked with a return to Red Hill depending on who is appointed coach next season, but Ritchie said there has been no concrete offers for Marshall’s services.
“I haven’t heard of any offers,” Ritchie said.
Benji Marshall wants to play on into a 19th season in the NRL.Source:Getty Images
“I’m sure if he priced himself in the right range there would no doubt be some clubs who would look at him.
“But if there is a job there at the Wests Tigers I think Benji would look at it pretty seriously.
“It sounds like a good job. It is long-term and it is at the club he loves.”
Originally published asTigers new role to keep Benji revealed. But it won’t be on the field
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