St George Illawarra have until 2pm on Saturday to pay Wests Tigers $150,000 or Benji Marshall will be banned from making his debut for the Dragons.
Marshall’s deed of termination has a clause saying the Tigers must be compensated if he joins a rival NRL club. It is understood the NRL cannot formally ratify Marshall’s contract until the money has been paid.
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Should St George Illawarra pay the money before Saturday’s match, Marshall would be free to play.
The $150,000 can be paid in three instalments and will not be included in Saints’ salary cap.