Posted: 15 November, 2012 by The Grill Team

Benji Marshall To Seek Release From Wests Tigers

Tags: Wests Tigers, Benji Marshall

Below is an update from Wests Tigers CEO, Stephen Humphreys concerning Benji Marshall's movements.

Official Statement

As many of you are aware, there have been media reports this morning suggesting Wests Tigers star Benji Marshall may seek a release from his current contract with the Club.

Let me put your minds at rest. This will not be happening.

I have spoken with Benji’s manager, Martin Tauber, this morning who assures me that Benji is totally committed to his contract with Wests Tigers for the next three seasons.

The most important message for you, as a Wests Tigers supporter, is that Benji Marshall will remain an integral member of our team and will not be seeking a release from his contract.

Benji is currently with his team-mates at a pre-season training camp on the Central Coast. The boys have been working very hard under the watchful eye of new NRL Coach Mick Potter and Physical Performance Manager Hayden Knowles.

The team has really enjoyed interacting with our supporters on the Central Coast as was evident by the large turnout at The Dam Hotel in Wyong on Monday night.

Let me also take the opportunity to thank the many of you who have already renewed your Membership for 2013.

On behalf of everyone at Wests Tigers, we greatly appreciate your support and I’ll provide you with further updates on the Club on a regular basis.

Yours sincerely,
Stephen Humphreys
Chief Executive Officer

Earlier on Triple M

NRL superstar Benji Marshall will seek a release from the Wests Tigers so he can pursue an opportunity in Japanese rugby.

Benji's manager Martin Tauber has told the Daily Telegraph he's yet to approach the Tigers but will do so in coming days.

Triple M's Matty Johns says this is off the back of Sonny Bill Williams coming back to the NRL while being able to still play rugby union in the off season.

"What has happened is Sonny Bill Williams has set a precedent. All of a sudden players are going 'what a way to maximise our income'," Matty told Triple M's Grill Team

"In Benji's situation, he's signed his contract and the Tigers, I don't think, should let him out of that. Benji's had his injuries over the years and my fear with Sonny is that he's trying to do too much and he's going to burn himself out.

"With Benji Marshall, he's signed until 2015. After that if he wants to negotiate, I have absolutely nothing against that. But to want to break a contract just so you can go and do it is a little rich," he said.

"I think there is no doubt what Sonny Bill Williams is doing now, in 5-to-ten years time will be common place in the NRL."

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