Benji Marshall expected to make imminent decision on future

Benji Marshall

Rugby League superstar Benji Marshall is expected to make a decision on the NRL club he will sign for imminently, with developments moving at a fast pace as the race to sign him hots up.

After Cronulla Sharks looked in pole position to snare Marshall following his return to the 13-man code, St George Illawarra Dragons have sensationally re-entered the race to sign the former Wests Tigers man.

If Marshall did sign for the Dragons, he could potentially form a mouthwatering halves pairing with England’s Gareth Widdop – not to mention the plethora of talent the Dragons possess elsewhere in the pack.

However, signing for the Sharks would see him link up with former Tigers teammates Beau Ryan and Chris Heighington, as well as Bryce Gibbs and Blake Ayshford – something that has seen the Sharks been the favourites to capture Marshall since the news broke of his departure from Rugby Union.

Marshall had already turned down a deal with Melbourne, and has two-and-a-half year contracts with the Dragons and the Sharks on the table, with a decision expected imminently over his immediate future in the game.

The New Zealand half-back had also been linked with Salford Red Devils in the Super League, but his agent quickly rebuffed those rumours, claiming Marshall had no intention of playing in England, and was seeking an NRL return.

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