Wests Tigers to offer Benji Marshall a job for next year

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That incident resulted in the suspension of chief executive Justin Pascoe, prompting the club to ensure any talks with Marshall are above board.

“If it’s something that interests him, it’s something that definitely interests us, keeping him involved in the club,” Tigers chairman Lee Hagipantelis said.

You can’t buy that level of experience, loyalty, dedication and pure genius.

Tigers chairman Lee Hagipantelis

“You can’t buy that level of experience, loyalty, dedication and pure genius.

“What he could add to that club off the paddock would, in some ways, perhaps rival what he’s been able to provide on the paddock.

“I for one would like to see him wear the black, white and gold in a civil setting moving forward.

“I spoke to Justin Pascoe this morning and he tells me dispensation has been given to us by the NRL to enable us to speak to Benji about the future.

“You have to be very careful with that. We of course had a very unfortunate episode with Robbie Farah and his ambassador agreement last year.

“We are very careful to ensure there is no possibility of transgression, so those discussions have been held with the NRL to ensure that is a possibility.”

Playing at Warrington could be an option for Marshall if the English club allows Gareth Widdop to return to Australia. However, Marshall’s preference is to continue his NRL career in Sydney.

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The Tigers offer will provide a fallback option, even if the details of the role aren’t yet defined. A role in the coaching, commercial or marketing teams could be on the table.

“All of the above,” Hagipantelis said. “He would value-add to the entire organisation as an ambassador of the club, there is no doubt.

“I haven’t spoken directly to him about this but he may have coaching aspirations.

“He would have a lot to give, whether that be at junior level to start with or senior level in a specialised role.

“[There’s an] incredible amount he could provide the organisation on and off the field as far as his presence is concerned.”

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