As Tigers half Robert Lui gears himself up for a solid 2011 season, it is the chance to play alongside perhaps the most creative and dynamic half in the NRL in Benji Marshall, that has Lui pumped for a big 2011.

Whilst his start to 2010 at least by his standards was somewhat stilted, Lui admits that he had to “find his feet” after coming straight out of the Tigers NYC team to play NRL.

“The first couple of games last season it was a learning curve for me. I found my feet towards the back end and really enjoyed the season,’’ Lui said.

“I’m really pumped for this season. I’m looking forward to it. It should be a good year for Wests Tigers .”

With players of extreme calibre such as Benji Marshall, Robbie Farah and Todd Payten, Lui says that they have all played a major part in his development to become a better player, as he gears up for what will be a tough battle with Tim Moltzen for the coveted halfback role.

“I want to be the key person in the seven jersey,’’ Lui stated.

“There is always plenty of talk about who will play half-back between Moltz and me but at the end of the day, it is what is best for the team.

“Moltz and I are good mates and the talk doesn’t faze us. Tim and I both want to be playing first grade in round one. It is a good challenge and it is good for the club as well to have two competitive half-backs fighting for the one position.

“All this talk in the end though means nothing as it will come down to Tim Sheens. If he feels I’m the number seven then so be it, if he feels its Tim, then that’s how it is.

“One of the key lessons I learnt last year was to be cool when it comes to pressure. Benji is always cool, he teaches you that as well as directing the forwards.

“I also want to read the game a bit better. Towards the back end of last year, I had better vision in terms of playing either short or long, feeding Benji, or running off Robbie or hitting the forwards or backs.”

Despite watching and playing alongside Marshall for the majority of last year, Lui still admits that he is in awe at the skill set that Marshall possesses.

“It is still a very big buzz for myself to be playing alongside Benji Marshall,’’ Lui said.

“He was one of my idols when I was at Keebra Park High. He is clearly above everyone else. It is amazing to watch what Benji does.

“Everyone does it, from the coaching staff, the players, to the fans. Benji Marshall is in another world and hopefully he stays there so Wests Tigers can win the premiership in 2011.”

By ricky

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