Benji Marshall re-signs with Wests Tigers for 2020

Benji Marshall has re-signed with the Wests Tigers for next season. Picture: Wests Tigers
Benji Marshall has re-signed with the Wests Tigers for next season. Picture: Wests Tigers

The Wests Tigers' favourite son will play on for another year.

Fan favourite playmaker Benji Marshall has signed a new contract with the black, white and orange which will see him play on in the 2020 season.

The one-year deal extends Marshall's playing career into its 18th season.

"I'm really excited to sign on for another season with this club," he said.

"From my debut through to now, Wests Tigers has always been such a big part of my life and it's pretty special for me to be able to continue and finish my playing career with this club.

"I've been really impressed with the direction we're heading in.

"As a playing group and a club overall, I think we're in a really strong position and I'm looking forward to being able to play a part in us achieving the success our members and fans deserve."

The Kiwi made his first-grade debut for the Tigers as a teenager in 2003, coming off the bench to steer the team to a 52-12 win over the Newcastle Knights at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

He was inducted as a Life Member of the club in 2013.

Marshall played 203 for Wests before making the move to rugby union.

He returned to the NRL shortly after, first with the St George Illawarra Dragons and then the Brisbane Broncos.

But Marshall came home to the Wests Tigers in 2018 and has since played 40 games with the club - bringing up his career 300-game milestone in the process.

The 34-year-old is one of just six NRL players to register 300 games with Wests Tigers colours in their career.

He is the second-most capped Tiger of all time (241 games) and their all-time leading point-scorer (1144 points).

Marshall has played 28 tests for New Zealand.

Michael Maguire, who coaches Marshall at the Tigers and for the Kiwis, highlighted his positive impact on the club and rugby league.

"Benji has played an incredibly important part in the history of this club and I'm really pleased to see him extend his playing future for another season." he said.

"I've been able to see firsthand the influence and impact that Benji has had on the game of rugby league, New Zealand and Wests Tigers and he has done a terrific job giving back to the game in that way.

"He has achieved everything there is in rugby league but still has a firm desire to keep achieving with this club moving forward in to 2020.

"His leadership and experience were invaluable assets to us throughout this year and I have no doubt he will continue to play a key role for us on field in the year ahead."

Wests Tigers chief executive Justin Pascoe praised Marshall for his leadership on and off the field and his contribution to the club throughout the years.

"As a club, I speak for everyone when I saw how excited and pleased we are to see Benji Marshall commit to another season with Wests Tigers," he said.

"Not only has he had tremendous success on the field, he has a phenomenal impact off the field with fans, members and sponsors alike, and continues to inspire generations of sporting fans to greater things.

"Benji has an unquestionable passion for Wests Tigers and epitomises the values that we want to be known by, so we're delighted to see him remain part of our club in 2020."