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Marshall confirms West Tigers release - opening the door for the Blues

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weststigers.com.au and James Mortimer     16 Jul 2013     Getty Images

Marshall’s manager Martin Tauber contacted Wests Tigers Chief Operating Officer Grant Mayer shortly before 7pm to advise Marshall would be seeking a release from the final two years of his contract. The former NZ Captain was contracted to Wests Tigers until the end of the 2015 season.

One of the NRL’s best players, Marshall has been the key playmaker for Wests Tigers since making his first grade debut in 2003.

The 28-year-old has played 193 matches for Wests Tigers and is the Club’s all time leading points scorer.

“From a Wests Tigers perspective, we are extremely disappointed to receive the news as we believe that we have been exceptionally generous to a player that has given us wonderful service over a number of years,’’ Mayer said.

“Benji has obviously made a decision that he believes is right for himself and his family. All we can do is thank him wholeheartedly for what he has done for not only the Club but the game as a whole.

“Benji Marshall in the eyes of all Wests Tigers supporters is a superstar and we have no doubt he will continue to support the Club from afar.”

Mayer said the board of the Wests Tigers would consider the release once the official notification is received.

“I would expect that this would be resolved relatively quickly,’’ Mayer added.