Wandering rugby league star comes back to the NRL after a failed stint in union.
Benji Marshall is back in the NRL, having signed a 2.5-year deal with the St George Illawarra Dragons ending his failed bid to crack rugby union and the All Blacks.
The news came just moments after the Cronulla Sharks – the other team in the running for his signature – confirmed Marshall had made a decision to commit his playing future elsewhere.
“We made Benji a very good offer and are disappointed he won’t be joining our club,” Sharks CEO Steve Noyce said.
“We have strong values surrounding mateship here at the Sharks and with a collection of his good friends at the club thought that may have swayed him. As it turned out that obviously wasn’t the priority for him with his final decision. We can accept that and we wish him well.”
Noyce went on to explain, while he would certainly have complemented the current playing group, he is confident the Sharks possess more than capable personnel to cover for Marshall not joining the Cronulla club.
“It must be said in Todd Carney, who is on a long term contract here, and Jeff Robson who has been terrific for us this year, along with others we have coming through our lower grades, we certainly have quality players in the halves and confidence in their ability to do the job for us,” Noyce said.