Could Broncos lifeline lead to a resurgent Benji Marshall?
RUGBY LEAGUE: Benji Marshall has revived his career by signing a one-year deal with the Brisbane Broncos.
Fairfax reported that Marshall and his agent Mario Tartak flew to Brisbane to sign after coach Wayne Bennett offered the former Kiwi international a surprise lifeline.
Earlier in the year the 31-year-old knocked back a $300,000 offer from the Dragons before falling out of favour after a lacklustre 2016. The club took back the offer.
Marshall has had a long association with Bennett, having played under him with the NRL All Stars and they were both a part of the Kiwis' 2008 World Cup win.
Marshall knocked back lucrative Super League offers, including those from Catalans and St Helens, to remain in the NRL.
He will struggle to break into Brisbane's top 17 as Anthony Milford and Ben Hunt have established themselves in the halves.
"Benji was particularly excited this morning when we were flying up," Tartak told reporters.
"He's looking forward to playing under Wayne Bennett at Brisbane, where he is confident he can get back to his best.
"Wayne's words were: 'You come here, train your butt off and if you perform you'll be in the team.'
"We've always said he's got two or three years left at him, but for now we'll take it one year at a time."