Marshall a 'Tiger for Life'

NRL superstar Benji Marshall has today devoted himself to being a ‘Tiger for Life’ after committing to his beloved Wests Tigers for the next six years.

On the day of his 25th birthday, Marshall has put pen to paper to a new long term deal that will keep him at Wests Tigers until the end of the 2015 season.

Wests Tigers CEO Stephen Humphreys said the new deal with Marshall is one of the most important in the club’s history.

“Benji is undoubtedly one of the most recognised and most profiled sport stars throughout Australia and New Zealand,’’ Humphreys said.

“Securing his services for the next six years is a critical piece of our strategic plan. Benji provides enormous value to Wests Tigers both on and off the field and we are absolutely delighted that he will now become a ‘Tiger for Life’.”

Marshall said he was proud to become a one-club man.

“This club has looked after me from the very beginning when I was a young schoolboy at Keebra Park High and have been very loyal to me through the good times and the hardships.

“The Wests Tigers are like family to me. Tim Sheens has played an enormous part in my development not only as a rugby league player but as a person as well.

“There is a very strong culture here and I know we are on the verge of something very big. To be a part of the Wests Tigers for the next six years and to have my future secured is a great feeling.

“My best is still ahead of me and I want to be a strong leader and help develop the outstanding talent coming through at Wests Tigers."

Wests Tigers Coach Tim Sheens said Benji’s decision was great news for the club.

“Benji is one of our leading players who you can build a good future around,’’ Sheens said.

“He is invaluable and I am delighted, as I am sure all Wests Tigers Members are, to know he will be with us for the next six years.”

NRL CEO David Gallop applauded the new long term deal for one of the game’s biggest names.

“Benji is one of those special players that generates excitement every time he touches the ball,’’ Gallop said.

“He’s just a great fit for the Wests Tigers and its good to see him commit to a long term agreement that members and fans will be sure to celebrate.”