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Bronco Marsh keen for another 4-5 years

By Wayne Heming 15/12/2008 06:52:43 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane hooker PJ Marsh has been following the fortunes of Gold Coast rival Nathan Friend with interest ever since the Titans went courting Cameron Smith and more recently Robbie Farah.

Friend recently lashed out after the Titans left him in negotiating limbo, and conducting talks with Melbourne Storm skipper Smith and West Tigers rake Farah.

Marsh's situation is different to Friend's because he still has two years left on his contract.

However, he's an interested onlooker because he believes NRL clubs these days run as businesses with little room for friendships with players.

Friend was upset the Titans were prepared to splash out on Farah when they could have offered him a two-year extension for half the price.

Friend played behind Smith at Melbourne for two years, before making his mark with the Titans this year, finishing second in the club's player of the year award.

"We all know what position Robbie Farah wants to play and I don't want to play second fiddle again," said Friend, putting the Titans on notice he'd shop around if they weren't interested in him.

Marsh, locked in a three-way battle with new signing Aaron Gorrell and highly-promising teenager Andrew McCullough for Michael Ennis' vacated No.9 jumper, agreed with Friend's outburst.

"The club can't be dirty about what he said, clubs aren't our mates, it's a business now," he said on Monday.

Marsh, 28, who lost two seasons battling a serious neck injury, is keen to extract another contract from the Broncos who are grooming McCullough and another exciting young prospect Ben Hunt as future stars.

"I know it's a long way out to make the call with two years left on my contract, but I want to stay here for another two or three years after that," he said.

"I'll reassess it halfway through next year and try and get them to extend my deal.

"I came here (from Parramatta) because I want to win a premiership, that's what this club is good at doing."

Marsh was impressed that McCullough approached him for advice a few times last season while playing in the under 20s.

"I think he's is still one or two years away from being a starter," said Marsh.

"But he's definitely got what it takes and is definitely talented enough to make it.

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