NRL 2020: Wayne Bennett advice inspires Kiwi veteran Benji Marshall to find new NRL home

Kiwi veteran Benji Marshall accepts he may have to retire, if he can't find another NRL club.

At the end of this season, the 35-year-old will reluctantly leave Wests Tigers, but there's no obvious home for one of the game's greats.

Marshall has given 14 seasons of service to the Tigers and wasn't thrilled to discover he was on the way out via the media.

"Reading it in the papers, that was a little bit disappointing for me," Marshall tells Fox's NRL 360.

Marshall had envisioned seeing out his playing days in the famous orange and black, where he made his NRL debut back in 2003.

"I would've loved to have retired playing at the Wests Tigers, but due to decisions that the club's made to move on, it's not going to be."

But Marshall won't die wondering, revealing he had reached out to 'super coach' Wayne Bennett for a chat about his future. Bennett coached Marshall during a brief 2017 stint with Brisbane Broncos.

"He mentioned some good things about 'you're a long time retired' and 'if you've still got the fire... you're the only person who can tell you when to give it away'."

He's clearly not ready to do that.

Earlier in the season, Marshall was a leading contender for the Dally M Medal and has the sixth-most try assists this year.

"I'm going to look at all opportunities to see what's out there and see who's interested," Marshall adds. 

"Who knows, no-one might be interested, so I might have to retire."

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