Lockyer: ‘Benji’s not here to make up the numbers’

By Joel Gould
December 2, 2016

BRONCOS legend Darren Lockyer is adamant new recruit Benji Marshall will have an impact in Brisbane and isn’t just there to make up the numbers.

Lockyer is on the club’s recruitment and retention committee, and he believes the sky is the limit for Marshall if he fires – but there will be challenges.

“When Benji’s confident and playing well, we all know what he;s capable of,” Lockyer says.

“”When he came to the club he was running out of options, and when you’ve got talent and a point to prove, that’s a good combination.”

So where exactly does Marshall fit in?

If Anthony Milford or Ben Hunt get injured – or Darius Boyd, for that matter – he’ll no doubt slot in the halves or fullback.

But it’s more likely centre or the no. 14 utility role will be his avenue into the top 17 – something Lockyer believes he is more than capable of doing.

“I think him playing 14 in attack looks exciting,” Lockyer says.

“But whether he plays 14 or in the centres I think it’s a different challenge defensively for him.

“The key for Benji in the pre-season is to get himself prepared to potentially defend in the middle or out wide against big men with good footwork.

“That’s a different challenge to defending in the halves three-in.”


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