Posted: 21 October, 2016 by Triple M NRL

Benji Says Goodbye To Sydney

Tags: Brisbane Broncos, Benji Marshall

Benji Marshall Photo: Getty Images

Benji Marshall will officially join the Brisbane Broncos today, according to Fairfax Media's Adrian Proszenko.

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"Benji Marshall and his manager are on a plane heading to Brisbane this morning to sign a one-year deal with @brisbanebroncos", Proszenko tweeted.

It's understood Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett has thrown the veteran playmaker a lifeline, having seeked an NRL swan song on a likely cut-price deal.

The 31-year-old earlier in the year knocked back a $A300,000 ($NZ320,000) offer from the Dragons before falling out of favour after a lacklustre 2016.

Benji Marshall Photo: Getty Images

Triple M Grill Team's MG believes Benji has made the right move joining the Broncos.

"There's only one bloke in the land, outside of maybe [Craig] Bellamy who can get the best out of him, and that's [Brisban coach] Wayne Bennett."

Matty Johns revealed Bennett "doesn't plan to play him in the halves, but he'll be a back-up.

"His game is not suited to halfback. He can play centre and fullback besides five-eighth."

Meanwhile, Triple M's Brent Read from The Australian had more to say on the matter on Triple M's Rush Hour. Listen to the full audio below.

Brent Read on Triple M


Marshall was dropped for the penultimate game of the season by coach Paul McGregor and appeared set to be without a club for 2017 before the likely cut-price deal tabled by the Broncos under coach Wayne Bennett.

The former New Zealand Test pivot has a long association with the master coach, having played under him with the NRL All Stars and they were both a part of the Kiwis' 2008 World Cup win.

If he does ink a deal with the Broncos, he is likely to play most of the year in the Queensland Cup with the Broncos boasting quality halves in Anthony Milford and Ben Hunt.

However, Marshall would give them much-needed depth, especially with both Hunt and Milford on the cusp of State of Origin representation with Queensland next year, especially if Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk and Michael Morgan suffer injury.

Tags: Brisbane Broncos, Benji Marshall

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