Wests Tigers and Kiwi footy fan gets Benji Marshall to sign his dad’s ashes in rare heartwarming moment for battling club
- Benji Marshall agreed to sign father’s ashes a Tigers fan was carrying
- Comes as NRL club confirmed Marshall will be head coach in 2024
- Wests Tigers struggled this year, will ‘win’ consecutive wooden spoons
The Wests Tigers are about to ‘win’ consecutive NRL wooden spoons – yet are still attracting some fans from beyond the grave.
In emotional scenes, club legend Benji Marshall took time out to sign a father’s ashes that his son was proudly clutching.
The supporter in question held up a sign recently, pleading with Marshall to do so – and the 2005 premiership winner hopped off the team bus to happily oblige.
It comes as the embattled joint venture club announced this week Tim Sheens will see out the season – but the champion five-eighth will be the head coach at Concord in 2024 – a year earlier than was first anticipated.
‘It was surreal 12 months ago when I got appointed in this position to be head coach in 2025. The fact that it’s come sooner than anticipated is a bit of shock, but it excites me,’ Marshall said.
Footy legend Benji Marshall showed his compassionate side recently, signing a fan’s ashes on request
This week the joint venture club announced Marshall will be the head coach in 2024, replacing Tim Sheens
‘Without Tim that doesn’t happen so I’m really grateful for him.
‘I could have stayed in TV, worked in radio but there’s an absolute purpose in coaching I really enjoy and to be able to do it at the club I spent so much time playing for, it’s a privilege for me.
‘It’s not about the money, it’s not about the challenge it looks like it is, it is about what I get out of it. I really enjoy it.
‘I’ll bring that enjoyment to work every day and try and turn those results around next season, but for now I’m still assistant coach for the next three weeks.’
Fox League host Matty Johns believes it is integral Marshall surrounds himself with the right people in what looms as a very daunting challenge for an unproven coach at NRL level.
Marshall (pictured, with wife Zoe) will be a rookie NRL head coach – and according to Fox League host Matty Johns, will need to lean on experienced coaches on his staff from day one
‘Number one he needs stability and number two he’s got to be surrounded by experience. It is crucial,’ he said.
‘I think sometimes a younger coach needs someone who knows what the pressure is about, can alleviate pressure off the coach, off the players. Almost someone just to lean on.
‘He certainly has a big job in front of him.’
Former Cronulla coach John Morris has been mooted as a possible assistant to add to Marshall’s coaching staff.