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Marshall has Cowboys on high alert

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/04/2016 Laine Clark
Benji Marshall © Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Benji Marshall

The return of an off contract Benji Marshall has North Queensland on high alert ahead of Saturday night's NRL clash with the Dragons in Townsville.

The Dragons' attack is not exactly firing despite notching two straight wins.

The visitors have amassed the fewest points in the NRL in the first month, averaging just 10 a game.

But Cowboys coach Paul Green expects all that to change with Marshall back from a two week hamstring complaint.

While Green admitted on Friday that the evergreen Marshall was always a threat, he said he believed the Dragons playmaker would be out to produce something special with his NRL future still up in the air.

Marshall has made it clear he wants to play on until at least 2017 in what would be his 13th NRL season.

Dragons coach Paul McGregor has given him the first eight rounds to prove his worth.

Green did not have to be told Marshall would be out to make up for lost time against the Cowboys.

"What he uses as motivation, that's up to him," Green said when asked if he expected the veteran half to fire up.

"But normally when guys are in that (off contract) situation you see the best come out.

"That's what I am expecting on Saturday night."

Marshall's return ensures the Dragons will boast their preferred spine for the first time this season, with fullback Josh Dugan expected to prove a perfect foil for the Kiwi half.

But Green said Marshall wouldn't be the only one out to prove a point.

The Cowboys mentor said his reigning premiers were desperate to make amends after their last round golden point loss to Brisbane in the NRL grand final re-match.

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