Humphreys says Tigers won't release Benji for rugby deal
Wests Tigers chief executive Stephen Humphreys has attempted to slam the door on any attempt by star playmaker Benji Marshall to seek a release to play in Japan, saying: "Let me put your minds at rest. This will not be happening."
Humphreys released a statement in response to the comments by Marshall's manager Martin Tauber, who had said he would raise the prospect of a release to play in the rich Japanese rugby union competition with the Tigers boss.
Marshall is contracted with the Tigers until the end of 2015, but Tauber has raised the possibility of a guest stint in Japan as a result of Sonny Bill Williams' signing with Sydney Roosters this week.
"I have spoken with Benji's manager, Martin Tauber, this morning who assures me that Benji is totally committed to his contract with Wests Tigers for the next three seasons," Humphreys said. "The most important message for [Wests Tigers supporter] is that Benji Marshall will remain an integral member of our team and will not be seeking a release from his contract.
"Benji is currently with his team-mates at a pre-season training camp on the Central Coast. The boys have been working very hard under the watchful eye of new NRL coach Mick Potter and physical performance manager Hayden Knowles."