24 Apr 2014

Marshall never wanted to play rugby?

8:00 pm on 24 April 2014

Benji Marshall's closest ally in rugby league says the former Golden Boot winner never truly wanted to play rugby union in the first place.

Marshall is on the hunt for an NRL club after being granted a release from his Super Rugby contract with the Blues after just two months in the 15-man code, with the Cronulla Sharks emerging as his likely destination.

Although he won't be reuniting with him, Wests Tigers captain Robbie Farah says his 2005 Premiership-winning team-mate has made the right call, claiming he doesn't think Marshall wanted to go to rugby, but was forced into a corner after negotiations with the Tigers turned sour.

Already with several ex-Tigers players on their books including Marshall's close friend Beau Ryan, plus Blake Ayshford, John Morris, Bryce Gibbs, Chris Heighington and Andrew Fifita, Cronulla are favoured to pick up Marshall.

On Wednesday Marshall denied a deal had been struck with the Sharks, but Farah says no matter where he ended up, the former New Zealand Test captain belonged back in league, after swallowing his pride and admitting he was a rugby flop.