Benji Marshall has revealed his aspirations to coach his beloved Wests Tigers, throwing his hat in the ring to work under Tim Sheens.
Sheens has reportedly signed a two-year deal to take over as the Tigers head coach after Michael Maguire was sacked last month.
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The 71-year-old Sheens has been working as the Tigers' head of football, but will now reportedly return to the head coaching role that he left in 2012.
Sheens coached the Tigers for 250 games after first taking the role in 2003, leading the joint venture to their maiden premiership in 2005.
After a failed bid to lure Panthers assistant coach Cameron Ciraldo, the Tigers have reportedly convinced Sheens to step back into the hot seat.
NRL reporter Michelle Bishop revealed on Tuesday that Sheens has agreed to a two-year deal and will be working with Marshall and Robbie Farah in part-time roles.
Discussing the development on NRL 360 on Tuesday night, Marshall revealed his aspirations to be head coach of the Tigers one day.
BREAKING: Michelle Bishop (@7michellebishop) reports: I'm hearing a meeting took place at the Wests Tigers yesterday and that Tim Sheens has agreed to terms to coach the club on a two-year deal
— SEN 1170 Brekky - Vossy & Brandy (@VossyBrandySEN) July 12, 2022
"The dream for me would be to be an NRL coach and at the Wests Tigers would be an ideal situation,” Marshall said.
“Obviously it has been reported that Tim Sheens is going to get the job and mentor someone.
“If the opportunity was for me to be mentored under him with a pathway to become a head coach it is something I would definitely consider.
“I love my job that I do now, but that is an opportunity that I might never get again. The opportunity to try and become a head coach.
“So if they do go down that path and ask me I would definitely be interested and consider that.”
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Marshall said it would be a dream to coach at the Tigers after playing 257 games for the club across two separate stints.
“If the view is a genuine pathway to become a head coach,” Marshall said.
“I sort of do that (assistant and skills coach) with the kids now anyway.
“For me an NRL head coach is a dream job. And to be able to be mentored by someone like Tim Sheens and learn underneath him with a chance to get there. If that’s the route they want to go down with me, that is something I would be interested to explore.”
Marshall said he was ready for the pressure associated with being a head coach after being asked by co-host Paul Kent.
“I understand that and yeah I am,” he said.
“I am ready and the reason I am is because you don’t actually know until you hit that pressure gauge whether you are ready.
“But the thing I have always done is I back myself. If they do go down that path where they want me to do it, I’m all in.
“I love working here (Fox Sports), but if this is a real opportunity and they come to me then I am in.”
NRL fans were left in a frenzy over the prospect of Marshall coaching at Wests.
@JustinPascoeWT I’ve been a tigers fan for a very long time and I think it’s a great idea for Tim sheens to step into the head coaching role and having benji Marshall under him then benji can take over as head coach this would be best for the wests tigers
— Christopher (@chrissimmonds46) July 12, 2022
Many a great player have failed coaching. Brave move taking on the Tigers as your first gig.
— Erub33 (@E_r_u_b) July 12, 2022
I support Benji 100% if he watches/follows Sheens for 6-12 months
— Ryan Simpson © (@RyanLSimpson) July 12, 2022
Tigers legend Benji Marshall has declared himself available to be an Assistant Coach @weststigers
— Tiger Ed (@tigered_ed) July 12, 2022
Can’t do much worse. I’d be happy to see it given a go for a couple years. Benji’s passion and love for the club won’t be matched by anyone else who wants the job.
— Scott C-Fenton (@scottfenton17) July 12, 2022
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