Departing Wests Tigers rugby league centre Blake Ayshford has slammed Benji Marshall's critics.
All the attention leading up to the Tigers' 24-14 loss to the Warriors last night was on Marshall after the superstar playmaker was granted permission to leave the NRL club at season's end.
Ayshford is on the move as well, with his future at Cronulla.
He says the flak flying Marshall's way has hurt the Tigers.
Ayshford says a lot of the team have been frustrated this week about how Marshall has been treated.
"Saying he's money hungry and all that, that's not the truth. All the boys in here know the truth and what he's done for this club over the last five or six years.
"I wish I could go on all those talk shows and express how much he's done for me and my football career and how much he's done for the fans and this club."
"You know, it hurts seeing that and we've stuck tight through that and we're going to stick tight through the next six weeks to make the semis."