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Benji Marshall insists he may play again next season

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Benji Marshall insists he may play again next season and has not made any decision to end his illustrious 19-year career in Sunday night’s grand final.

South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett indicated after the Rabbitohs qualified for the grand final with last Friday night’s defeat of Manly that Marshall was set to bow out in the premiership decider against Penrith.

However, the 36-year-old, who will make his second grand final appearance16 seasons after leading Wests Tigers to the 2005 premiership, said he felt like he could continue.

Marshall also said the result on Sunday night would not determine his future and he was willing to consider offers from rival clubs for next season.

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“I think I have done a really good job in the last couple of years just playing each game as if it is my last and then at the end of the season making a decision about what I want to do,” Marshall said.

“It is not going to be any different at the end of this year. Put it this way, the way my body feels right now I could play next year for sure if I wanted to.

“I will weigh all those things up at the end of the season, probably give it a bit of time to sink in and then make a decision after that.

“For me, it is more about if you have still got the passion and the desire to play then why not.”

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