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Wests Tigers five-eighth Benji Marshall says his main focus is on lifting his own game and not contractual negotiations.

Speaking this morning ahead of the teams final training session before tomorrow nights home match against Canberra Raiders at Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Marshall says he is not worried about constant talk of his playing future. He is contracted to Wests Tigers until the end of 2015.

Its why I have a manager so I can just focus on playing. My contract negotiations have been the furthest thing from my mind at the moment, Marshall stated.

My priority is to try and play good for the team and thats my focus. My manager can take care of that side and Ill just be worrying about playing.

Im pretty sure the Club is trying to do something to renegotiate my contract. This week is a big game for us and Ive just been focusing on that.

After the game, Im sure I will be able to sit down and talk about what is happening in the future but for now, it is about this game.

I signed a deal for five years two years ago. I love to be here for life and if the Club sees it that way, Im sure I would be.

Marshall said he was aware of the criticism of his own game and the constant scrutiny that comes with being a high profile player.

You just get use to it but it doesnt affect the way I play. If anything it makes you want to play better, he said.

We are back at home at Campbelltown and Im looking forward to putting in a good performance for our team.

My form has been a bit patchy lately, a bit up and down. I like to be playing better. No one likes to be embarrassed in defence and your ego takes a hit a little bit. You just have to go back to the drawing board and work hard.

Marshall said the team must improve its field position in games.

We have been playing out of our half a lot lately and it makes it a lot harder for our halves to try and create opportunities, he said.

I think the more we play in the opposition half, then the more chances guys like myself and Curtis Sironen have to try and create tries and opportunities.

Canberra have been going pretty good this year. Having guys like (Terry) Campese back and the way their forward pack has been going, they are pretty hard to stop once they get a roll on.

Thats our sort of goal for tomorrow night, to try and stop that roll on through the middle and limit their opportunities.

Both sides have players out. It is going to come down to who runs harder and who tackles harder. Hopefully thats us tomorrow.
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