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Marshall takes Hunt under wing at Brisbane

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/03/2017 Laine Clark

A surprise Brisbane debut has only made Benji Marshall hungry for more NRL action.

But the veteran playmaker believes some of his best work may be done off the field, helping Ben Hunt block the "outside noise" since his lucrative Dragons deal.

Marshall was a shock last minute Broncos bench addition in last round's 14-12 loss at Melbourne after Tavita Pangai Jr (ankle) withdrew.

Marshall only played 10 minutes - at lock - off the bench but it was enough to make the former Kiwi captain want more.

"It was great to get a run," the 32-year-old told AAP.

"If Wayne (Bennett) wants me to keep playing as a utility so be it."

Marshall believes he can also make an impact on the sidelines as a mentor after witnessing the reaction to Hunt's lucrative Dragons move.

The ex-Dragons half said Hunt has been under enormous scrutiny after signing a five-year St George Illawarra contract from 2018 that will make the Brisbane No.7 one of the game's highest-paid players.

He bristled at speculation that Hunt may become distracted by the deal and not be committed to the Broncos in 2017.

"If you see the little efforts he does that other halves aren't doing, putting his body on the line for the team - that's not a guy who is worrying about what is happening next year," Marshall said.

"From a players' point of view we have faith in Ben that he is with us."

Marshall, on a one-year deal with the Broncos, said he hoped to bring the best out of Hunt and halves partner Anthony Milford, who have not clicked since Brisbane's run to the 2015 grand final.

"It is something I pride myself on, being a mentor," Marshall, in his 15th NRL season, said.

"And these guys get a lot of outside noise on the way they play. I try and help them block those things out.

"I reinforce that...if they put the work in at training it will show on the field."

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