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Benji Marshall and Blake Green to backflip on moves in NRL shocks
Andrew McMurtry
NOVEMBER 7, 20206:45PM


Shunned Wests Tigers half Benji Marshall is set to stay in Sydney after a deal fell through as a fellow half turned his back after signing a contract.

Two of the NRL’s most experienced halves have backflipped on potential moves in surprising shake up of the player market.

Wests Tigers legend Benji Marshall is set to stay in Sydney, while Blake Green’s move to the Bulldogs is reportedly off as he looks to stay in Newcastle.

Marshall was disappointed to read he was not wanted at the club he had made his name at and won a premiership win, only finding out when he saw it in the paper.

But the club showed him the door after 257 matches in orange and black for the joint venture club.

His farewell was difficult as well, limping off in the first half of the side’s final match of the season with a knee injury and broken ribs, as Parramatta came back to win 28-24.

All throughout his final games for the club and even at his farewell, Marshall was defiant that his career would continue with another club.

He was strongly linked with a move to the Cowboys under new coach Todd Payten, with the pair sharing a close bond having been teammates between 2004 and 2011, including the 2005 Grand Final victory.

Reports were that Marshall was close to a deal with the Cowboys’ Jake Clifford was linked to a move the Knights.

Benji Marshall was left stunned that he was left out of the Tigers’ plans.

Benji Marshall was left stunned that he was left out of the Tigers’ plans.Source:Getty Images

But the deal fell apart as Marshall is seeking a $400,000 one year deal, with the Cowboys only able to offer a reported $150,000 out of the club’s salary cap.

Fox Sports’ James Hooper told Triple M that Benji could look to stay in Sydney with the Cronulla Sharks firming as a possible suitor.

“I think Benji might be in talks to possibly show up at Cronulla,” Hooper said on Triple M.

“Obviously Shaun Johnson suffered that bad Achilles injury towards the end of the season.

“As a result there was some talk linking Benji to the Cowboys and his old grand final teammate Todd Payten. They won a premiership in 2005 at Wests Tigers.

“I think Benji because of his Fox Sports commitments his preference is to remain in Sydney, so I think there has been some dialogue with the Sharks.”

The Cowboys are also now seeking to hold on to the 22-year-old Clifford.
It left the Knights out in the cold but Green is also set to backflip on a deal to move to the Bulldogs to remain in Newcastle.

The Knights will hope Green can take pressure off Mitchell Pearce.

The Knights will hope Green can take pressure off Mitchell Pearce.Source:Getty Images

The Australian’s Brent Read reported on Triple M as well that Green would look to stay in Newcastle after being offered a chance to start a coaching career with the Knights.

“There was a bit of talk Blake Green might end up staying in Newcastle,” Read said on Triple M.

“He signed a one-year-deal with Canterbury after this season, but there was talk he might stay in Newcastle because they came to him with a deal to stay next year and eventually become a coach.

“It look like that will happen. I would expect that to get rubber-stamped soon.
“Green will play next year in Newcastle when he recovers from his knee reconstruction and eventually become a coach at the club.”

Green was signed from the Warriors during the season after he was told he was no longer needed by New Zealand.

But after he signed with the Bulldogs as a replacement for Kieran Foran, Green suffered a serious knee injury just three weeks after moving to Newcastle.

It’s not all good news for the Knights though with loan hooker Andrew McCullough going back to the Broncos in 2021.

 
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Kobe Poching, son of ex Warrior and Leeds Rhinos player Willie Poching has joined the Roosters, for the next 2 seasons.
 
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Kobe Poching, son of ex Warrior and Leeds Rhinos player Willie Poching has joined the Roosters, for the next 2 seasons.
Always find it quite telling that all former players of the club or Kiwis send their kids to Aussie...
 
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Always find it quite telling that all former players of the club or Kiwis send their kids to Aussie...

Kobe was a part of the Huddersfield academy in England and had made England junior rep sides before signing with the Roosters. Eligible for England, New Zealand & Samoa. His dad recently joined Wakefield as an assistant coach.
 
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Kobe was a part of the Huddersfield academy in England and had made England junior rep sides before signing with the Roosters. Eligible for England, New Zealand & Samoa. His dad recently joined Wakefield as an assistant coach.
Didnt Willie return last year and work for the NZRL? Thought his family were still over here...
 
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Murdoch press has produced a team of uncontracted players for 20211

1 Jordan Kahu 220k
2 Tauatau Moga 160k
3 Tim Lafai 200k
4 Ricky Leutele 200k
5 Brendan Elliott 150k
6 Benji 220k
7 Tyrone Roberts 100k
8 John Asiata 250k
9 Isaac Luke 150k
10 Tom Amone 120k
11Scott Sorenson 140k
12 Brad Takairangi 180k
13 Leivaha Pulu 100k

14 Danny Levi 200k
15 Jamil Hopoate 110k
16 Jack Cogger 130k
17 Nathan peats 170k



Plus another 6 reserves
 
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Murdoch press has produced a team of uncontracted players for 20211

1 Jordan Kahu 220k
2 Tauatau Moga 160k
3 Tim Lafai 200k
4 Ricky Leutele 200k
5 Brendan Elliott 150k
6 Benji 220k
7 Tyrone Roberts 100k
8 John Asiata 250k
9 Isaac Luke 150k
10 Tom Amone 120k
11Scott Sorenson 140k
12 Brad Takairangi 180k
13 Leivaha Pulu 100k

14 Danny Levi 200k
15 Jamil Hopoate 110k
16 Jack Cogger 130k
17 Nathan peats 170k



Plus another 6 reserves
What a junk team Hahahaha
Wooden spoon material for sure.
 
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Ever Hopeful

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Leivaha Pulu on a train and trial deal at the Broncos apparently. Hopefully he goes well.
 
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snake77

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That sucks. The guy had some good contracts that could of set up well for life after football.

The article is pretty brief and doesn't have a lot of details. You see a lot of articles about players upset about a deal their manager got them to put money in, even though investments come with risk.

If the managers are going to do more than just sort out their contract then the players need to do their homework on the guy. Can see why managers would want to act as financial advisors as it stops the players ditching them as they only hear from them at contract time. But offering more of a full service means they need a higher skillset. Not sure if the NRL's rules cover this or more the rules around the cap and ethics.
 
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snake77

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This article goes over the Elijah Taylor case in more detail.

A lot of players complain about managers that lose them money on deals that don't come off. This goes far beyond that. The guy had access to his accounts and was using it to fun holidays, pay for motorcycles. The part about leaving his dying father so they can meet with Ivan Cleary was tough reading. Warriors staff telling him to miss the game, manager insist he go so he can take a meeting as well. Cleary likely would of told him to delay it.

 
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Wow, that's unbelievable to me that someone can take advantage of someone to that extent. Absolute scum of the earth.

I hope Taylor can move on quickly from that, would be bloody tough to get your head around it.
 
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Worried2Death

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This article goes over the Elijah Taylor case in more detail.

A lot of players complain about managers that lose them money on deals that don't come off. This goes far beyond that. The guy had access to his accounts and was using it to fun holidays, pay for motorcycles. The part about leaving his dying father so they can meet with Ivan Cleary was tough reading. Warriors staff telling him to miss the game, manager insist he go so he can take a meeting as well. Cleary likely would of told him to delay it.

Hard reading that, gaslighted and manipulated by a sociopath at his most vulnerable, got totally Trumped. Elijah must be a strong character to come out the other side of that with with his mental health intact. He should get Bully and the boys together and extract what's owing to him from whatever assets Miles has got hidden away, by whatever means necessary.
 
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