Benji Marshall has agreed to terms with St George Illawarra and will wear the red and white in his NRL return in 2014. Credit: NRL Photos (Photo digitally altered).
St George Illawarra CEO Peter Doust is confident a compensation deal will be struck with the Wests Tigers so Benji Marshall can make his debut for the club.
Marshall has not been named in the Dragons line-up for Saturday's clash with Parramatta.
However, his fitness is being monitored by the Dragons conditioners this week and he could still be named in the side to face the Eels.
But before the former New Zealand Test skipper can pull on the famous red-V shirt a settlement has to be agreed with his former club.
The Tigers inserted a clause in his release agreement last year that would see them awarded $200,000 should he join another NRL team from New Zealand rugby within two years.
"Our intention was to always work with the Wests Tigers and I have no problem about the situation," Doust said.
"We did the same with Mark Gasnier when he went to French rugby so we are going to work our way through it."
Doust denied there was a rush to get an agreement in place before the weekend and said Marshall still had to prove he is fit enough to warrant selection.
He also claimed a compensation figure has not been officially discussed with the Tigers.
"If his training program has been too rigorous this week then perhaps he's not ready," he said.
"I've still yet to sit down with (Tigers CEO) Grant Mayer. A clause has been made public, but it doesn't state any figures.
"Clearly there is a process to be worked through that is agreeable to everyone."
Mayer said he would meet with Doust this week to discuss the situation but denied playing hard ball with the Dragons.
"We're confident we'll get the right outcome, it's just how we get there," Mayer told AAP.
"But there's a genuine want from us to see Benji back playing football.
"But we want to make sure we protect our club's rights."
Mayer said there was no immediate rush for the Tigers to receive the compensation and said he's open to different ideas of how it could be paid.
"It could be cash, it's not about timing, it could be an allocation of the Dragons' State of Origin or grand final tickets for us to sell," he said
"All we'd do is turn that contra into cash.
"But this deal won't make or break the Wests Tigers, but it will protect the sanctity of a contract."