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Marsters re-signs with Tigers

Wednesday April 25, 2018 Written by Published in League

Cook Islands international Esan Marsters has re-signed with his NRL West Tigers club for the next two seasons, following a fantastic run of form.

The 21 year old, who made his test debut last year, made his first start with the Tigers in round 13 of the 2017 season and has since played 19 games, becoming an indispensable part of the side.

Marsters said in a club statement that it was “an easy choice to stay at West Tigers.”

“They gave me a chance to play first-grade here and I really want to pay them back by playing some good footy,” he said.

Although he was not a lock to start at the beginning of the year, he has proven his talent on a weekly basis, racking up almost 130 metres per game off 15 hit-ups, and has proven handy with the boot too.

Tigers head coach Ivan Cleary praised Marsters, and said he is looking forward to working with the young gun.

“Esan is developing into an impressive player and I look forward to working with him on the next part of his career with Wests Tigers,” Cleary said.

“In a short period of time he’s shown himself to be a very valuable member of our team and we look forward to seeing him develop further over the coming two seasons.”

In other NRL news, Brad Takairangi is expected to make his return this weekend for his Parramatta Eels side, after he suffered a fracture eye socket in week two against Manly.

Initially expected to be out until week 10 of the season, his week-eight return against Marsters’ Tigers backs up the positive outlook he had a week after he suffered the injury.

“Luckily I won’t need surgery, so hopefully I can come back between that four to six-week mark,” Takairangi told NRL.com. “No plates needed to be inserted which is good. I’ve got a check-up again with the surgeon, but fingers crossed sooner rather than later.”

Anthony Gelling was also expected to start again for the Warriors in last night’s Anzac Day match against the Melbourne Storm, as regular centre Solomone Kata continues to miss time with his ankle injury.

Gelling made his first start last week against the Dragons, and scored in the 20-12 Warriors win.

            - Conor Leathley/NRL.com


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