15 May 2014

Benji will make a splash says Hopoate

12:01 pm on 15 May 2014

Benji Marshall can quickly recapture the form that made him a rugby league superstar, according to Will Hopoate - a man who knows a thing or two about NRL comebacks.

The Parramatta centre Hopoate is a chance of a call up to the New South Wales side next week following his impressive form upon returning to rugby league this season after a two-year Mormon mission.

Marshall hasn't been named in the St George Illawarra side to play the Eels at Parramatta on Saturday, with coach Steve Price saying he will defer a decision until later in the week.

Marshall's ill-fated defection to rugby union ended on Easter Monday when he severed ties with Super Rugby's Blues, and Hopoate says the former Wests Tigers premiership winner can be a force in the NRL again.

Hopoate played one game for New South Wales in 2011, before a hamstring injury struck him down, and he says he's happy to be in the mix again for interstate selection.

He says the Eels are expecting Marshall to play on Saturday.