Benji heading back to where it all began

WESTS Tigers have announced Benji Marshall will return to the club for the 2018 season.

The 32-year-old, who is currently in the thick of an NRL Premiership title race with the Brisbane Broncos, left the Tigers in acrimonious circumstances in 2013 to play Super Rugby with Auckland Blues.

He has been looking for a chance to return and make amends ever since.

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Benji Marshall has had moments of brilliance for the Broncos in 2017Source:AAP

“I’m coming home,” Marshall told Fairfax Media.

“And it feels good. I never wanted to leave the place, and I’ve tried several times to get back and now I’ve got my chance.”

The one-year deal will likely see Benji finish his career at the club that helped propel him to stardom as a schoolboy.

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Benji Marshall after the 2005 NRL grand final win over the CowboysSource:Getty Images

Tigers head coach Ivan Cleary welcomed Marshall back to the club with open arms.

“Benji has been one of the premier players in the NRL since his debut season and it’s great to be able to welcome him back to Wests Tigers,” said Cleary.

“He brings more than 250 games of NRL experience back to this club which will be invaluable for our young side.

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Benji says he has tried several times to try and return to the Tigers, now he is finally homeSource:News Limited

“I look forward to working with Benji over the coming year, he has a lot to offer this club and I know he’s keen to return and make a positive impact on Wests Tigers.”

The 2010 Golden Boot winner will contest for a position in the halves with current playmaker Luke Brooks and incoming Canterbury Bulldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds.

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