They have a new coach, and now the Salford Red Devils want a new star playmaker.
News Limited in Australia is reporting that the Salford Red Devils are set to launch a $3 million bid for former Wests Tigers star Benii Marshall.
Marshall has been playing Rugby Union this season and by all accounts he hasn’t exactly set the world on fire with the limited opportunities he has had.
While I wouldn’t be shocked to see this move come off, I’d suggest Marshall would not cost the Salford Red Devils that much money. If he comes back to Rugby League it would be at a bargain price that matched the form he showed last year, which quite honestly went from bad to terrible.
Still, on his day Benji Marshall would still be the best playmaker in Super League and easily the most accomplished player in the competition.
Whether he can go from living in Sydney, then Auckland, and then northern England in the space of about six months however is another story.
I think if an NRL club got desperate enough they would take a shot at luring Marshall back. He has said he wouldn’t play against the Wests Tigers again but I’m sure he has probably changed his mind by now.
When you consider that Rugby Union players do not count against the Super League salary cap, and that the Red Devils can pay what they want for him, why not go for it!
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