Marshall 'very much' part of Maguire plans

30 June 2020 20:49:31 GMTPlus10

Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire has insisted veteran playmaker Benji Marshall remains part of his plans for the future.

The former New Zealand international is in his third season back with the club he made his NRL debut for back in 2003.

Marshall has been linked with the Eels after the injury to star halfback Mitchell Moses last weekend, and reports suggest other clubs have had discussions about his services since Maguire axed him three weeks ago.

The coach, though, says 35-year-old Marshall remains committed to helping the joint venture club make the finals for the first time since 2011.

Asked whether the 28-cap Kiwis international had given any indication he wanted to leave, Maguire replied: "None whatsoever."

He added: "We talk a lot about where the club is going and he is very much a part of that.  He is a leader and an experienced player who can have a massive influence on or off the field.

"I have picked on performance - that is purely what we are doing - and to have depth is what's required to be able to get from the start to the finish.

"Benji is very much part of our plans; to have the quality of what we have ready to go when the time is right is what you are trying to build all the time."

Maguire's side have won two of their three matches without Marshall, the latest being Saturday's 34-6 victory over the Bulldogs.

That form has led the coach to name an unchanged side to take on the Panthers at Bankwest Stadium in Round 8.

There is just one change to the overall 21-man squad, with Russell Packer returning from suspension in place of Reece Hoffman.

Penrith, who also head into the clash off the back of two wins in a row, have just one change with Josh Mansour (knee) returning on the wing in place of Brent Naden, who drops back to the bench.

Wests Tigers are 151.00 to win the grand final.

The Tigers are 2.68 to win their next game against Penrith, who are 1.50.

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