From sitting equal second on the Dally M leaderboard to dumped in reserve grade and now a potential mid-season move – Benji Marshall’s fairytale send-off isn’t going as planned.
Marshall was dropped after the Tigers’ disappointing loss to the Titans and hasn’t seen any first-grade action since despite being one of the club’s best performers over the past year.
Now, the Sydney Morning Herald reports that Marshall’s manager has taken it upon himself to try and find him a new club for the rest of the season.
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There aren’t teams desperate for a top-shelf playmaker either.
The Herald reports that Matt Desira, Marshall’s manager, has been in touch with the Cowboys, Storm and Sea Eagles.
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The Cowboys aren’t short of playmaking options but haven’t had much success in the post Johnathan Thurston era and could do with an experienced leader to guide the team around.
Meanwhile, Melbourne could do with a short-term replacement for Cameron Munster while the same can be said for Manly and injured five-eighth Dylan Walker.
When contacted by the Herald, Marshall said he had no knowledge of his manager’s actions to shop him around while Desira refused to comment.
Marshall was classy when first reacting to his shock axing, admitting that while surprised he took on the feedback and was determined to earn his way back into the side.
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“It was a tough one. (Maguire) called me into his office this morning,” Marshall told NRL 360 earlier this month.
“I was a little bit shocked and disappointed that I got dropped. But any player would be in that position, if you’re competitive and you want to be part of the team of course you’re going to be disappointed.
“Bit of disappointment this morning, but Madge is the coach and he spoke about making a change.
“If you look at last week’s game I probably led us home, when we got to a lead and sort of game managed us to get home against Cronulla. Against the Titans we got out to the same lead and (I) failed to do that with a seven-tackle kick, and made an error down there.
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“Just need to be better. I understand where he’s coming from.
“I’ve just got to train hard and get myself back in the team.”
Marshall was initially expected to retire at the end of last year but signed a one-year extension with the Tigers.
Wests moved up to sixth place with Sunday night’s win over the Bulldogs.
They don’t have much depth in the halves and could do with Marshall as a back-up as they push for their first finals berth since 2011.