Tiger for life: Benji Marshall has no doubt what club he wants to finish his NRL career at. Picture: Matt Roberts, Getty ImagesASKED if he could imagine what it would be like running out on to Campbelltown Stadium in an opposition jersey, Benji Marshall — the man known for his footwork — didn’t sidestep the question.
“It won’t happen, mate,” he said.
In an interview with the Hills News, Marshall gave the clearest indication yet that he was set to remain at the Tigers’ lair for his playing life.
After securing the signature of captain Robbie Farah until the end of 2017, the focus has shifted to locking in the club’s other star playmaker beyond his current contract which expires at the end of 2015.
If all goes to plan, Marshall will continue to dazzle home crowds at his two favourite stadiums for the rest of his NRL career.
“I love playing at Campbelltown,” he said.
“My two favourite places to play: Campbelltown and Leichhardt — no doubt.
“With Leichhardt the people are so close and at Campbelltown the fans come close enough to the field to feel like they’re on the field anyway.
“I don’t think many people like travelling out here especially if they’re coming from Manly or somewhere [like that] but I love coming out here.
“I made my debut at Campbelltown and I’ve had great support from the people out here ever since.”
Admission prices at Campbelltown were reduced after a poor attendance. Despite the cheaper tickets only 11,547 turned up to watch the Tigers take on the Brisbane Broncos on April 27.
Marshall said the size of the crowd had an effect on the players’ performance.
“Honestly, the atmosphere and the crowd makes a difference,” he said.
“When you’re struggling for that penalty to get you out of your own half or you’re struggling for a bit of motivation, when you have the crowd behind you pumping you up it’s pretty unbelievable.”
Injured prop Keith Galloway agreed.
“Obviously the more people there are, the louder it’s going to be and when we see the colours in the hills and in the grandstands, it’s a big lift for us,” he said.
“When it’s filled up and it’s loud, it’s roaring for us.”
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