Wests Tigers Coach Michael Maguire says the presence of Benji Marshall will be a huge boost for his side as they prepare for Friday's clash against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Bankwest Stadium.
Marshall is expected to return to the side in place of Sam McIntyre on the bench, with Maguire pointing to the Kiwi veteran's experience and enthusiasm as a big benefit in his side's push to consolidate their top eight spot.
"You’ll see Benji Marshall on Friday,” Maguire told reporters at training on Thursday.
Benji will be off the bench. He’s back ready to go, he’s been working really hard on all the things we’ve spoke about and I’m happy to have him back.”
Maguire was hesitant to confirm what kind of role the co-captain is expected to take on during the game, but he emphasised that his role will be one that lifts up the side.
"At the moment I'll play it depending on how they're performing," Maguire said.
"Benji might get some time; he might get a long time or he might get a little time — it just depends on how the game's being played,
“His presence around the team and what he’s been doing in the background has shown a real professional period in his career.”
Maguire speaks about decision to bring back Marshall
Marshall is a champion and competitive player that will be able to step into the side and take on any commitments that are expected of him, Maguire explains.
“I know what to expect from Benji because I know him well and he’s been able to show that in my time since I’ve been here and it’s great to have him back and involved,” said Maguire.
“Competitors like Benji... they ride the wave with the game.
Obviously it was tough news to start with but he understood and now he’s given himself a proper opportunity to build what can here at the club.
“Benji is all about Wests Tigers and we know that – he’s been saying it for many years. I’m looking forward to having him back involved.”
Match: Rabbitohs v Wests Tigers
Round 9 -
Venue: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney