Ultimate League: It’s not too late to sign up for our Fantasy NRL game St George Illawarra chief executive Peter Doust has signalled the prospect of holding back Benji Marshall’s debut in the Red V until the club is in a position to share the spoils.Marshall hasn’t been named for Saturday’s away clash against Parramatta at Pirtek Stadium as the coaching staff decide whether his is ready for a return to the NRL.Doust said some thought had been given to unveiling him at a home game, although that would require the Dragons to wait until they host rivals Cronulla in their round-13 clash at WIN Stadium on June 7.The more likely scenario if the former Kiwi captain doesn’t face the Eels – the joint-venture club has a bye the following week – is playing him against South Sydney at ANZ Stadium, as the clubs recently struck a gate-sharing arrangement.That would guarantee the Dragons take a slice of the takings for what is sure to be the most-anticipated comebacks since Sonny Bill Williams returned to rugby league.”Those things always cross your mind, don’t they? Remember Wendell Sailor?” Doust said about holding him back for a home game.Pressed on the matter, Doust added: “I’ve always liked those opportunities, they always seem to work for lots of people. We did it with Wendell, for instance.”We’ll always contemplate those sorts of things but he’s keen. Wendell was a bit different in the sense that he’d been away from the game for so long, it was a lengthy [lay-off].”Before he plays at all, the Dragons will need to come to a commercial arrangement with his former club. The Wests Tigers had a clause in his termination release that prevented him from playing with a rival unless they were compensated. The Tigers are looking at between $150,000 to $200,000, which could comprise of cash or kind – or a combination of both. The parties are poised to meet this week to settle the matter.”Our intention was always to work through the issue with Wests Tigers,” Doust said.”I’ve got no real problems with the circumstances of the Wests Tigers situation, we did the same thing with [Mark] Gasnier when he went to French rugby. We’re just going to work our way through it but the priority is to see him train and how he comes off after a pretty significant training week. We’ll just have to see how it goes.”By the end of the week we’ll know a little bit more.”Parramatta will host all three grades at Pirtek Stadium on Saturday, but it remains to be seen if Marshall will play for the Dragons, the feeder team Illawarra Cutters or not at all.”I don’t have a gut feel, that’s up to the coaching staff and particularly our performance staff to understand how he comes up after that training session,” Doust said. “If he trains on trains Tuesday, trains Wednesday, rests Thursday, so Friday is a key date in coming to a conclusion in where he is prepared to be regarding training. That’s why we didn’t name him.”One person hoping Marshall doesn’t play this weekend is Nathan Cayless. The former Parramatta forward skippered Marshall in the New Zealand Test team and believes the Dragons’ newest recruit will have a point to prove following his failed stint in rugby.”It would be great if he still has to wait another week,” Cayless said. “He loves the big games, Benji, and he will relish the challenge. Obviously people will be wanting to see how he comes back and there will be a bit of pressure on Benji … so he will want to come back and ensure he’s playing as well as he can.”Should he return against Parramatta, Marshall will come up against another livewire playmaker in Chris Sandow.
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