WENDELL Sailor, Mat Rogers, Lote Tuqiri… they all come back.
And Benji Marshall is set to become the latest code-hopper to return to the NRL with his tail between his legs.
But there is one problem – Benji could struggle to find a home.
His old Tigers are going gangbusters since they parted ways with Benji at the end of last season and have started a bold new era – without him.
The Tigers have come out publicly last night and declared they have no room – or interest – in Benji.
And most rival NRL clubs feel the same way… they want nothing to do with Benji.
The former Kiwi skipper is seen by most league scouts as over the hill, a dazzling talent back in the mid 2000s who led the Tigers to a memorable premiership in 2005 but has since lost his pace and mojo.
The modern game is characterised by percentage plays and safety first football – and neither of these are Benji’s strengths.
His one lifeline could come from the Warriors, who would sign him largely for his profile and what he would bring to the table via publicity and profile.
But the Warriors are a basket case at the moment and the last thing they need is a guy who was barely able to hold his own in a struggling Tigers side last year.
If they don’t throw him a lifeline, he may well have to pack his bags and head for the UK, where anyone who shows up and flashes an Aussie or Kiwi passport is half a chance of jagging a contract.
- TONY ADAMS