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Benji's manager denies immediate Japan move

Published: 8:35AM Thursday November 15, 2012 Source: ONE Sport

Benji Marshall's manager has denied that he is seeking an immediate release from the Wests Tigers star's contract so he can pursue opportunities in Japanese rugby.

Manager Martin Tauber was quoted by News Ltd saying that in the wake of the NRL accepting Sonny Bill Williams' return to the game he is keen to explore Marshall's opportunities in the rival code.

However, ONE News Australia corespondent Steve Marshall spoke to Tauber today and said a possible Marshall move to Japan won't happen any time soon.

 "I did not say Benji Marshall was seeking an immediate release form his contract. I said that if a stint in Rugby was going to happen then he would have to seek a release from his contract as he is contracted to Wests Tigers until 2015," Tauber said,
"A stint in Japan next year is impossible anyway because of the NRL finals scheduling and he wants to lead his nation at the Rugby (League) World Cup.
"If it were to happen it would be closer to 2015 which is Benji's final year of his contract.
" You can't blame Benji for looking at his options, just like Sonny Bill Williams. These players only have a limited time span to earn money from playing sport."
 The NRL has previously rejected players moonlighting in rival codes, but there is a growing belief that future moves to stop players jumping codes in the off-season might be a restraint of trade following the Williams precedent, the News Ltd report said.

- With AAP