NRL set to lose one of its biggest names to another code.
Wests Tigers have confirmed they have received a request from Benji Marshall’s representatives for an early release from his contract and that they will not stand in his way from leaving the club.
Despite rumors of discontent behind the scenes for weeks, the news has already shocked those linked to the game, as Marshall is one of the biggest draw-cards on and off the field.
But on the back of contract agreements breaking down, Marshall has indicated he will seek a new club to play for next season.
Wests Tigers Chief Operating Officer Grant Mayer said Marshall will not see out the rest of the contract, which was meant to see him stay at the joint-venture side until the end of season 2015.
“From a Wests Tigers perspective, we are extremely disappointed to receive the news as we believe that we have been exceptionally generous to a player that has given us wonderful service over a number of years,’’ Mayer said.
“Benji has obviously made a decision that he believes is right for himself and his family. All we can do is thank him wholeheartedly for what he has done for not only the Club but the game as a whole.
“Benji Marshall in the eyes of all Wests Tigers supporters is a superstar and we have no doubt he will continue to support the Club from afar.”
Marshall has played 193 games for the club and is the all-time leading points scorer.