Report: Monster offer made for Benji
Benji Marshall is reportedly being targeted by the UK Super League, with a big-money offer on the table as the footy star explores his options after being cut loose by the Wests Tigers.
The joint-venture club, who Marshall debuted for as a teenager in 2003, told the 35-year-old he was unwanted beyond 2020 even though he is keen to play on. He is yet to finalise a deal with another NRL team, but English club Hull has shown interest.
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According to a report by The Daily Telegraph, Hull FC has offered the veteran playmaker a deal worth $AUD722,000 for 2021, which would make him the highest-paid player in the league alongside Warrington five-eighth and former NRL star Gareth Widdop.
A move to the UK would see Marshall link up with former Tigers teammate and assistant coach Brett Hodgson, who was recently appointed Hull's new head coach on a three-year deal.
Marshall was at the Tigers for a decade before trying his hand at rugby union, then enjoyed short stints at St George and Brisbane before returning to Concord in 2018.
The pivot played a starring role in the Tigers' 2005 premiership triumph but the club has never reached those same heights again, failing to make the finals every year since 2011.
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There were rumours Marshall was being hunted by the Cowboys, who are now coached by another of his former teammates, Todd Payten, but he reportedly knocked back a move to North Queensland.
Marshall has also been linked to Cronulla, while a report in the Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday claimed his management has approached the Roosters.
The Roosters already have NSW representative Luke Keary as their first-choice five-eighth, but will blood a new halfback in 2021 after getting rid of youngster Kyle Flanagan following his first full season in the top grade.
Originally published as Report: Monster offer made for Benji