The Daily Telegraph can reveal that Tim Sheens is torn between a whopping $2.5 million offer from Penrith or remaining at Wests Tigers to continue coaching a player he looks upon as a son, superstar Benji Marshall.

Wests Tigers have offered Sheens a two-year extension worth $410,000 a season plus an additional two years as the club’s coaching director, worth $200,000 a season. That leaves a staggering $1.28 million gap between the two contract deals.

But as of late last night, Wests Tigers officials were quietly confident Sheens would still accept the lower offer because of his love for the club and players.

Sheens and Marshall have enormous respect for one another – Sheens telling friends yesterday of his reluctance to leave Marshall.

But should Sheens return to Penrith, there was mounting speculation last night that Wests Tigers would approach NSW coach Ricky Stuart.

Until Sheens makes his decision, which is expected today, Tigers officials are refusing to contact Stuart.

If Sheens accepts the Penrith job, there was talk last night that Wests Tigers may want him to leave the club immediately.

Steve Folkes, the Tigers’ assistant coach, would take over for the rest of the year.

Tigers management would harbour no ill-feelings if Sheens did leave.

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