The appointment of Ivan Cleary has seen a host of players join the Wests Tigers for the 2018 season. None more intriguing than the return of Benji Marshall.
The 2005 premiership winning star has re-joined the club after spending the past three seasons in the NRL with the St George Illawarra Dragons and Brisbane Broncos.
Highly criticised for his on-field performances whilst at the Dragons, Benji showed glimpses of magic as he rejuvenated his career under the guidance of Wayne Bennett.
Looking to make amends, Marshall has been tasked with passing down his knowledge to new halves pairing Josh Reynolds and Luke Brooks. His experience will prove to be invaluable for a side that has farewelled a number of fan favourites to rival clubs.
In what could be Benji’s final season in the NRL, one ponders what Ivan has planned for the 268 game veteran.
Having played over 200 games for the Tigers, Benji is determined to help the club mount a strong premiership campaign.
With Josh Reynolds and Luke Brooks promised to start the season, Benji’s leadership and experience could see him play the utility role as he did for Brisbane last season.
The 32-year-old may be nearing the end of his career, but Tigers fans are no doubt eager to see Benji’s fancy footwork and trademark flick pass spark an exciting attack for Ivan Cleary’s men.
A first-grade spot is not guaranteed, but it would be great to see Benji end his career on a high and play for his beloved Tigers in 2018.