Marshall wants out

Former All Black scrumhalf Justin Marshall wants to leave relegated Leeds if the club is prepared to release him from his contract.

Marshall does not have an escape clause in a deal that runs until 2007, but has said he wants to jump the sinking ship after Leeds were relegated from the English premiership.

“I came over here because I wanted something different,” he told the BBC. “But it didn’t mean that I didn’t want to experience it at the top level.”

“That is what I came over for and what I seek. Ultimately, it’s Leeds’ decision what they want to do with me.”

Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington confirmed Marshall has no escape clause in his deal. “We want to build from here and Justin will be playing for Leeds in National League One next season,” Hetherington said.

Marshall is reportedly the subject of a lucrative offer from French side Bourgouin, while newly-promoted Harlequins have also been linked with a move to reunite him with old All Black half-back partner Andrew Mehrtens.