Rugby League: Benji Marshall has no regrets over his brief spell in union
Last Updated: 22/04/14 11:02am
Benji Marshall: To return to rugby league after eight months with Blues in union
Benji Marshall insists he has no regrets about moving to rugby union and feels his stint in the 15-man code will help him when he returns to the NRL.
Marshall believes he will be better for the experience even though he only played 212 minutes in eight Super Rugby matches for the Blues.
The 29-year-old, who played at full-back and fly-half for the Auckland-based franchise, was not returning to rugby league due to a low-key impact but because he was "just an average rugby player".
"My lack of the technical aspects of rugby union was what was letting me down and I felt like I was playing rugby league on a rugby field with 14 other rugby players," Marshall told Fairfax Media.
"I definitely don't regret it because I have got everything I wanted to get out of it except the performance on the field, which just hasn't worked out the way I wanted it to and I am just an average rugby player."
Marshall on union
"But I definitely don't regret it because I have got everything I wanted to get out of it except the performance on the field, which just hasn't worked out the way I wanted it to and I am just an average rugby player.
"I got a fresh start back in New Zealand, got fit, got the motivation, got the hunger and I feel real good and feel fresh."
Crack at it
Marshall spent eight months in union and he will instructed manager Martin Tauber to begin negotiations about returning to the NRL once his release is approved by the New Zealand Rugby Union.
The former Wests Tigers man, who missed last year's Rugby League World Cup due to the switch, had been linked with a move to Super League, although a move to Salford Red Devils is not on the agenda.
"I had a crack at it and it just didn't work out, but honestly I haven't been this happy for a long time and I feel like I am a better person for being here," he continued.
"The decision was not about being frustrated about game time, I love it here.
"I have probably got a couple of years left in me realistically and I want those to be enjoyable and competitive and at the highest level. I don't really want to go back to club level and have to start again in rugby."