The South Sydney Rabbitohs boast an already star-studded roster including Latrell Mitchell, Cody Walker, Damien Cook and Cameron Murray but it’s their new recruits that could push them one step further towards a premiership this season.
After securing the signings of Jai Arrow, Josh Mansour and Benji Marshall, it should come as little surprise that they’re highly favoured to bring the NRL trophy back to Redfern for the first time since 2014.
With arguably the best halves pairing in the competition in Adam Reynolds and Cody Walker, the signing of former Wests Tigers five eighth Benji Marshall certainly raised a few eyebrows. Despite the pair being 80-minute players, it seems Marshall will still play a key part in Souths hunt for another premiership.
In their Round One loss to Melbourne, Marshall played more as a ball playing lock in a bid to spark their attack and it’s a role which Murray thinks will become more defined as the season goes on.
“He went on at lock and I got pushed to backrow, so he was playing more as a ball playing middle, slotting into the role that I’ve played there,” Murray told Channel Nine’s The Sunday Footy Show.
“I was defending in the middle and attacking on the edge, and Benji was defending on the edge and attacking in the middle.
“With Benji there it’s going to be trial and error to see how I fit best into the team and the dynamics and rotations around that.
“He had some really nice touches and brought a lot to our attack.”
The Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues star also opened up what his role will look like for 2021.
“Mainly my position this year will be in the middle and I think that’s where I can play my best footy and do my bit for the team” Murray said.
“I’m confident in the middle now after dabbling in the backrow last year.
“It’s a way to give me a bit of a rest on the edge to make sure everything (in attack) I do is high quality.”