MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 16: Benji Marshall of the Broncos looks on during the round three NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park on March 16, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Wests Tigers have today announced the signing of Benji Marshall for the 2018 season.

The new one-year agreement will see Marshall return to the club where he made his NRL debut in 2003.

The 32-year-old Wests Tigers Premiership winner and Life Member has played 201 games for the club and returns for the first time since 2013.

Wests Tigers Head Coach Ivan Cleary welcomed Marshall back to the club.

“Benji has been one of the premier players in the NRL since his debut season and it’s great to be able to welcome him back to Wests Tigers,” said Cleary. “He brings more than 250 games of NRL experience back to this club which will be invaluable for our young side.

“I look forward to working with Benji over the coming year, he has a lot to offer this club and I know he’s keen to return and make a positive impact on Wests Tigers,” he said.

Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe said that the Life Member brings a wealth of experience to the club.

“The whole club is really excited to be welcoming a legend like Benji back,” said Pascoe. “Benji has as a long history with this club, with the Members, with the fans and with the stakeholders and bringing back a Life Member to help continue to transform this footy club is a great result for everyone.

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“Benji will add experience and leadership to our young group of players coming through, not only on the field, but also off the field,” he said. “Benji will be given every opportunity to compete for a starting position and put pressure on those ahead of him and he will also be expected to, and is looking forward to, be a mentor for the younger players coming through.

“What excites me the most is that Benji can see and believes in the direction the club is heading and wants to be a part of that, he sees that the future of Wests Tigers is extremely bright.”

Marshall has played 264 NRL games for Wests Tigers, the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Brisbane Broncos and won the Golden Boot award in 2010. He has represented New Zealand on 25 occasions and was named a Wests Tigers Life Member in 2013.

Wests Tigers 2018 Player Movements

2018 Gains
Robbie Farah (South Sydney Rabbitohs, 2018), Mahe Fonua (Hull FC, 2019), Tyson Gamble (2019), Heath Gibbs (2018), Pita Godinet (Manly Sea Eagles, 2018), Tuimoala Lolohea (New Zealand Warriors, 2019), Benji Marshall (Brisbane Broncos, 2018), Ben Matulino (New Zealand Warriors, 2020), Moses Mbye (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 2022), Sam McIntyre (2018), Chris McQueen (Gold Coast Titans, 2020), Thomas Mikaele (2018), Taane Milne (St George Illawarra Dragons, 2018), Russell Packer (St George Illawarra Dragons, 2021), Josh Reynolds (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 2021), Robbie Rochow (Melbourne Storm, 2019), Dylan Smith (2018), Corey Thompson (Widnes Vikings, 2019), Alex Twal (Parramatta Eels, 2020), Malakai Watene-Zelezniak (Penrith Panthers, 2018)
2018 Losses
Matt Ballin (retired), Joel Edwards (released), Justin Hunt (retired), Jamal Idris (retired), Jack Littlejohn (Salford Red Devils), Kyle Lovett (Leigh Centurions), Jeremy Marshall-King (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Mitchell Moses (Parramatta Eels), Ryan Papenhuyzen (Melbourne Storm), Jordan Rankin (Huddersfield Giants), Ava Seumanufagai (Cronulla Sharks), Moses Suli (Manly Sea Eagles), Junior Tatola (South Sydney Rabbitohs), James Tedesco (Sydney Roosters), Aaron Woods (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
Josh Aloiai (2019), Luke Brooks (2019), Michael Chee-Kam (2019), Matthew Eisenhuth (2020), Tim Grant (2018), Jacob Liddle (2019), Matt McIlwrick (2019), Kevin Naiqama (2021), David Nofoaluma (2021), Elijah Taylor (2020)
Off Contract 2018
Robbie Farah, JJ Felise, Heath Gibbs, Pita Godinet, Tim Grant, Benji Marshall, Sam McIntyre, Thomas Mikaele, Dylan Smith, Sauaso Sue, Malakai Watene-Zelezniak
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  1. Great signing. His heart will be in it, playing back at Wests, and he’ll be a great mentor for the young halves, not to mention his enthusiasm / passion for the club should help across the board.

    It should be great for the club, financially, having a former club legend return.

    I hope he can go out showcasing some of his former brilliance.

  2. 1. Lolohea
    2. Nofoaluma
    3. Milne
    4. Suli
    5. Fonua
    6. Reynolds
    7. Roberts/Brooks
    8. Packer
    9. McIlwrick
    10. Matulino
    11. Lawrence
    12. McQueen
    13. Taylor
    14. Sue
    15. Aloiai
    16. Twal
    17. Marshall (c)

    Head rumours about Tyrone Roberts. Would love to see him battling Brooks for the no.7 jersey!

    And i’d love Benji to be captain!

    • No offence but I can’t imagine Roberts would want to battle someone for the 7 jersey, he’s already doing that at the Titans, hence why he wants to leave.

      • yeah but Brooks is looking likely to leave. Why is Cleary buying Marshall, Roberts, Gamble, Lolohea and Reynolds.

      • Titans2012 just on the Titans where do you see them going? Obviously struggling with what I can see having an out of form ash Taylor, partly because I see him exactly like JT, but could really use a cool head at 6 and a better fullback, I think Hayne needs to go and you should sign an older player like Maloney to partner Taylor. Need a bit of guidance but I see the Titans as a top team with someone like Maloney.

        • Glad you asked Holmsey. We are in trouble, big time. This new drama is the final straw for many Titans supporters, so it needs to be sorted out asap before we lose more fans.
          Firstly Jarryd Hayne needs to go. These is an issue around Jarryd Hayne whether you want to believe the rumours or not. He should be told to take the 1.2 million and go. His bad attitude is starting to impact the rest of the team.
          We also need a new head coach. Neil Henry has been great for us, however, he cannot motivate the team. I have mentioned this before, Henry is a good tactician, but he is not a motivator. He has also made some bad selections this year, one in particular, he continues to select Elgey over Roberts. This has put both Ash Taylor and Tyrone Roberts off side with him.
          We also need our future sorted out very quickly. Players are concerned that they may be playing for the Bears next year, which they do not want to. The Gold Coast has had some many different rugby league brands, it cannot afford another one. It needs to remain the Gold Coast Titans if they want rugby league to work on the Gold Coast.
          Finally, we need to invest in our junior systems. The junior players are there, they just need to be looked after and developed.
          This is what I would like our squad to look like next year.
          1. New Fullback, possibly one of the youngsters (eg. Phillip Sami or Tyrone Roberts-Davis)
          2. Anthony Don
          3. Konrad Hurrell
          4. Dan Sarginson
          5. Dale Copley
          6. Tyrone Roberts (Needs to be re-signed)
          7. Ash Taylor
          8. J Wallace
          9. Nathan Peats
          10. Ryan James
          11. Kev Proctor
          13. Ryan Simpkins (has a workload that could be compared to that of Ashley Harrison. Stiffens up the middle and played great before he was injured.)
          14. Morgan Boyle
          15. Brenton Lawrence
          16. Agnatius Paasi (if resigned) // Paterika Vaivai
          17. Karl Lawton
          Kane Elgey, John Olive, Eddy Pettybourne, Zillman and Hayne all need to go.

        • I really think you guys have a big future, one of the better young packs with James, Wallace, Peats, Boyle, Arrow next year its very promising. Lawrence and Proctor add the experience. Its an excellent pack. Just need to find that balance in the spine.

  3. 1. Lolohea
    2. Nofoaluma
    3. Suli
    4. Marsters
    5. M. Watene- Zelezniak
    6. Reynolds
    7. Brooks
    8. Packer
    9. Liddle
    10. Matulino
    11. McQueen
    12. Lawrence
    13. E. Taylor
    14. Marshall
    15. Aloiai
    16. Eisenhuth
    17. Grant

  4. 1 Lolohea
    2 Nofoalum
    3 Marsters
    4 Suli
    5 Fonua
    6 Marshall
    7 Roberts
    8 Packer
    9 Reynolds
    10 Matulino
    11 Lawrence
    12 McQueen
    13 Taylor

    14 Sue
    15 Aloiai
    16 Twal
    17 Liddle

    If Tigers go with 2 running halves they will just finish bottom 4 again.

  5. Good signing for the Tigers. Next seasons if they can keep the number of missed tackles low, get some good go forward and regularly create second phase play with offloads, Marshall, Reynolds and Lolohea should be able to regularly create try scoring opportunities. Still not sold on Brooks.

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