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Benji Marshall has set the record straight he would never walk out on the Wests Tigers.

The Kiwi international says reports of him possibly walking out on the Club after being dropped to the interchange bench for the match against South Sydney last Friday was off the mark.

Marshall returns to his starting five-eighth position this Friday night for the clash against the North Queensland Cowboys at Leichhardt Oval.


I would never walk out just because I was upset. I rather prove myself right and everyone else right and thats what Im going to try and do, Marshall said today.

What makes me more keen is not to let my team-mates down, thats the most important thing. Probably in the first eight rounds I was doing that.

I felt a little bit of spark last week. Whether I was on the bench or not, I thought I was going to find that anyway. This week, I am looking to do the same and take control and play how I play.

Ive had a lot of setbacks in my career when it comes to injury and form. The best way I know how to get out of (this slump) is to play good and then it shuts everyone up.

Marshall said he has gone back to watch footage of his running game.

The rest comes off the back of that. If you can start with what actually made who you are and where you are, thats a good place to start, he added.

I think Ive gotten away from that.

Marshall said he was more than happy to stay at Wests Tigers and stated talk of a contract extension was not a distraction.

The reason why you try and do those things is not so much security and long term financially but it is more about being at the same club long term, Marshall added.

Im sure there are a lot of other people who are jealous that they dont get that opportunity to stay at the one club.

Ive said to everyone, including my closest friends and family, my main focus is to play well in the next couple of weeks.

Anything beyond that is not on my agenda. I want to get our team in a position where we can still make the top eight. If you look at the table, we are not that far out of it.

We just need to get some confidence and its start by winning this week. I believe we can win this week.
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