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GB's Ellis reportedly signs with Tigers

By Steve Jancetic 07/02/2008 11:52:59 PM Comments (0)

Wests Tigers are on Friday expected to announce the signing of Great Britain international Gareth Ellis and the re-signing of Kiwi Test five-eighth Benji Marshall.

Second rower Ellis has signed a "long-term" deal - believed to be three years - with the Tigers, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Marshall, who comes off contract at the end of 2008, is expected to commit to the Tigers for another year after recently making it clear he hoped to have his future sorted before the season kicked off on March 14.

The Tigers have scheduled a press conference at their Concord Oval training base on Friday morning where it is believed they will announce the signings.

Ellis, who helped the Leeds Rhinos to the Super League title last season, will become the first Great Britain forward to switch to the NRL since former Sydney Roosters hitman Adrian Morley.

Marshall, meanwhile, will be hoping for a change in fortune this year following a horrific run with injuries over the past two seasons.

The 22-year-old was limited to just 13 games last year due to two separate shoulder injuries while a broken jaw and another shoulder reconstruction saw him play only 11 games in 2006.

The injury run has led some critics to question whether Marshall's body was up to the rigours of the NRL, with many believing 2008 shaped as a make or break year for the livewire playmaker.

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