12 Aug 2013

Potter gets shirty over Marshall video

6:37 pm on 12 August 2013

Beleaguered Wests Tigers NRL coach Mick Potter has slammed Benji Marshall for appearing in an online video wearing a Blues shirt rugby union shirt, while still playing for the league club.

Marshall enraged Tigers supporters by announcing his signing while kitted out in a Blues jersey on their official website, just 24 hours after Friday's 26-22 loss to Parramatta - the last-placed Eels' first win in 10 attempts.

The 28-year-old former Kiwis skipper demanded a release from the final two years of his current deal in July after the club downgraded a contract extension from $1m a season to $700,000.

Potter, who's fighting to save his job after a disastrous first season in charge, agreed on Monday when asked if he thought Marshall's video appearance was an up-yours gesture to the Tigers.

Potter told Sky Sports Radio he saw it a little bit like that but thinks it's more just in bad taste. He doubts it was naivety because Marshall probably knows better.

Potter's decision to drop Marshall to the bench for a game against South Sydney earlier this year is believed to have effectively ended his relationship with his star player.