Benji joins Brisbane Broncos
Brisbane: A heart-to-heart with master coach Wayne Bennett has delivered Benji Marshall his wish of an NRL lifeline, with the veteran playmaker signing a one-year NRL deal with Brisbane. Marshall’s manager Mario Tartak confirmed to AAP on Friday that he had inked the deal which will reunite him with Bennett.
Bennett’s relationship with Marshall - from coaching him in New Zealand’s 2008 World Cup win and the NRL All Stars - played a big part in getting the deal over the line. “Bennett is someone that Benji looks up to,” Tartak said. “He placed a lot of calls to him during the year. They had a heart-to-heart. They talk a lot, just for advice. And he just said he wasn’t ready to retire.” Brisbane are well stocked for halves with Ben Hunt and Anthony Milford at Red Hill, leading some to question why they would sign Marshall. Hunt has been linked to Parramatta, however