Despite him earning the starting five-eighth position for two straight weeks, mystery surrounds the role Benji Marshall will play at the Brisbane Broncos moving forward.
A ready-made replacement for Anthony Milford while he was away on State of Origin duty in Round 12, and out with concussion last weekend, Marshall performed strongly on both occasions, running for over 100 metres and contributing a try in the last-up defeat to the Roosters.
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But the former Kiwi international captain said he remains clear on his chances of maintaining a spot in the first-choice 17.
“I’m realistic, I know when Anthony comes back he is going to slot in there, I’m not worried about that,” Marshall said.
“I knew what I was getting into coming to Brisbane, and if that’s playing for Redcliffe in reserve grade then that’s playing for Redcliffe, but whatever Wayne [Bennett] needs me to do I’ll do.
“I just wanted to get back out there with the best and show what I have got. For me I just want to get back into the team and show I have still got what it takes.”
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After making his Broncos debut by way of a 10-minute cameo off the bench against the Melbourne Storm in Round 3, Marshall spent more than a month on the sideline after suffering a fractured wrist while playing for Redcliffe in the Queensland Cup.
Since returning to the field, the 32-year-old said he is content with his form in 2017 but eager to see improvement in the coming weeks.
“I am building, halfway to happy with it,” he said.
“In the second half [against the Warriors] I was taking the line on and running the ball a bit, it looked a bit dangerous when I did that and I tried to create a few things off the back of it.
“But in terms of my role, it’s about what is best for the team and if that means playing off the bench for first grade or whatever then that is what I will do.”
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The Broncos are set to be heavily affected through the remainder of the State of Origin period, but beyond that it’s hard to see where Marshall could fit into Wayne Bennett’s 17.
With both Ben Hunt and Anthony Milford the locked-in halves and Andrew McCullough the starting hooker, Marshall’s best hope would be to try and unseat fellow Kiwi Kodi Nikorima from the bench utility role.