SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 27: Benji Marshall of the Tigers looks dejected during the round 20 NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium on July 27, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire is considering moving Benji Marshall to the centres next season following the return of first-choice five eighth Josh Reynolds, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald.

It is a switch that could accompany for Marshall and Reynolds in the same team after the latter missed most of last season through injury.

Reynolds was confident he could make amends in the 2019 season after signing a four-year $3 million dollar deal with the Tigers.

“I’m not rolling up at 6am each day hoping to get injured,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“I did my best to play through injury last year, but what do you do?

“That last year at Canterbury [in 2017] I tore my hammy twice and my calf. I’d never had a soft-tissue injury before, so I was always behind the eight ball coming into last season.

“The guys here, [physio] Pete Moussa, they all helped me and I felt sorry for them because they put everything into me and my body failed me.

“I did my hammy during the captain’s run leading into round one, then I broke my scapula. Cooper [Cronk] had the same injury [in the grand final]. I’d strap it up, needle it and you’d feel good during the week, but then you’d get to the game and take a hit and you’d have a dead feeling.

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“It has to turn for me and I honestly believe it will.”

Reynolds was tight lipped when asked about Maguire’s plans were with the duo for next season.

“I can’t tell you. We know what’s going on, it will probably be what you think, and it would be silly not to use all of us. I’m not sitting around saying, ‘I want to wear the No.6’, and Benji isn’t doing that. We all just want to rip in.”

Reynolds added that the Tigers aren’t just looking to make up the numbers next season.

“If we’re only here to make the eight we’re not in the right head space,” Reynolds said.

“Everyone will have their opinion about us, but the one thing I love about us is we’re not just shooting for the eight. It’s maybe something that has happened in the past because we haven’t been there. But we have some really good leaders who have done some good things in the game and it’s exciting.

“I’ve played in a couple of grand finals and and I know the feeling, and there’s that sort of feeling about this group.”

13 COMMENTS

  1. Marshall was very good with Brooks in the halves won’t change that. Farah is only going to be good for 1 more season Ma’a aswell play Reynolds at 9. If Marshall is forced into centres he would be an easy target for second rowers and big centres. Maybe if he is forced to move centres and hates it he could end up back in New Zealand with the Warriors for a year or two. We have a spot for a playmaking halve and have money to spend

  2. I think what ever the coach Maguire goes with then it is for good of the team. I have no doubts that Marshall could play centre very well next season.💪👴👍

  3. Really josh’s Versatility, is his own downfall, either, can play 6,9,13, but use at hooker, Release Farah into is Guidance Role now,helps our cap troubles, or play off bench as roving sub as can cover most positions and can tackle, keep a fit Benji at 6 , play for 65 – 70 minutes, use rotation, we have enough coverage, all can be rotated via the 9 or 11 and 12 position.
    We have enough coverage, Farah, Reynolds, Liddle, Elijah, or yes

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