Darren England / The Daily Telegraph
BENJI Marshall has told his World Cup-winning New Zealand team-mates that 2009 is likely to be his final season with the Wests Tigers.
Marshall's manager has refused to deny the Tigers ace is on the move - and possibly to rugby union.
Concerned Wests Tigers club officials have requested a meeting with both parties over the next 10 days to determine Marshall's intentions.
"The Tigers have indicated they want to sit down and talk with him about his contract beyond 2009,'' Marshall's agent Martin Tauber said.
"I told them I wouldn't do anything until the end of the World Cup and as soon as that's over we'll sit down and listen.''
It is understood Marshall confided in his New Zealand team-mates during the month-long World Cup tournament about the prospect of leaving the Wests Tigers.
The departure of his closest teammates from the 2005 premiership-winning squad has left Marshall contemplating his own future at the club.
"He just thinks it's not what it used to be like when he first started with the club,'' a source close to Marshall said.
"The coach (Tim Sheens) is also off contract at the end of next year and Tim has always been a big influence on him.''
Only six other players remain from the 2005 squad - Robbie Farah, Dene Halatau, Liam Fulton, Chris Heighington, Bryce Gibbs and Todd Payten.
Farah is also off contract at the end of next season.
With a premiership ring and World Cup trophy to his name, Marshall, at 23, has already achieved the game's highest accolades, increasing the prospect of him leaving the NRL.
Tauber said he had received interest from English Super League bosses during the recent World Cup.
"I've had no other interest from another NRL club, Tauber said.
"But obviously with all the guys here for the World Cup, there was Super League wanting to know when he was off contract. One thing Benji has always said is that he would never go to another NRL club.
"So the only other option is to go overseas, possibly for rugby, or Super League in the UK.''
Tigers chief executive Scott Longmuir said the club was determined to keep Marshall and Farah.
"That would be the plan, if we could,'' Longmuir said.
"But until we have a meeting with Benji, that's all I can tell you.
"In the end, it's his decision as to where the future is going to lay, but he's always said that he loves playing under Tim.
"I think that's a big influence.''
Marshall was spotted at the club for the first time last Friday since steering New Zealand to World Cup success.
"He was back for a meeting with Tim. He's keen as mustard and really enthusiastic,'' Longmuir said.
"There's some really good signs there for Benji and the club.''