Rugby League star Benji Marshall has confirmed that he does not want to continue his career in the NRL, with a move to a Super Rugby franchise or Japan looking likely.
Marshall, who has committed 11 years at the West Tigers, has said that his loyalty can’t be questioned, but just feels that it’s time to move on.
Marshall would then leave his contract 2-years early than planned, with a number of Union franchises in sight.
West Tigers interim CEO Grant Mayer was “disappointed” with the request for release from Marshall, saying that “the fans in particular have voiced a strong disappointment”.
The two Super Rugby franchises which Marshall could join include the NSW Waratahs and the Auckland Blues.
Blues coach John Kirwan has expressed interest in the playmaker.
“He’s got some big decisions to make, and if the Blues are part of his future, then we’ll sit down and talk about it,” said Kirwan.
“He’s a talented guy and can play all over the park,” added the Blues coach.
Marshall has said that his preference would be at fullback. Marshall could then be paired with the talents of Piri Weepu, Francis Saili, Frank Halai and Charles Piutai.