NRL veteran Benji Marshall says Sunday’s grand final may not be his last game and is adamant he could play on for another year.
Speaking ahead of the premiership decider against Penrith, Marshall said he is yet to make a decision on his future despite comments made by coach Wayne Bennett on the weekend.
After Friday night’s 36-16 win over Manly, Bennett retold the conversation the duo had before Marshall joined the club and said he was eager to “go out on a good note”. However, Marshall isn’t holding himself to that.
“Everyone is retiring me, except me,” Marshall said. “I honestly feel like if I wanted to play next year I could, for sure. I still have life in the legs and a bit of hunger in the heart.”
Marshall said whether he wins the grand final or not, it won’t make a difference to his decision. If he does decide to play on, he hopes it will be at Souths.
Marshall was poised to retire last year after the Wests Tigers said he was free to look elsewhere, with the NRL legend saying he will forever be grateful for the Rabbitohs for giving him another year in the game.
He also said the club has above else, made him feel valued once again – something he had been missing towards the end of his time at the Tigers.
“They make me feel very valued here and throughout my career when I’ve felt like that I can play better and I can feel like I can commit better,” he said.