Compo snag has Benji on ice

RUGBY LEAGUE

St George Illawarra CEO Peter Doust is confident a compensation deal will be struck with the Wests Tigers so Benji Marshall can make his debut for the club.

Benji Marshall

Benji Marshall

Marshall has not been named in the Dragons line-up for Saturday's clash with Parramatta.

However, his fitness is being monitored by the Dragons conditioners this week and he could still be named in the side to face the Eels.

But before the former New Zealand Test skipper can pull on the Red V jumper, a settlement has to be agreed with his former club.

The Tigers inserted a clause in his release agreement last year that would see them awarded $200,000 should he join another NRL team from New Zealand rugby within two years.

"Our intention was to always work with the Wests Tigers and I have no problem about the situation," Doust said.

"We did the same with Mark Gasnier when he went to French rugby, so we are going to work our way through it."

Doust denied there was a rush to get an agreement in place before the weekend and said Marshall still had to prove he was fit enough to warrant selection.

He also claimed that a compensation figure had not been officially discussed with the Tigers. - AAP

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