9 Jan 2017

Marshall could lose full-time Brisbane spot to Kahu

6:57 pm on 9 January 2017

Kiwis rugby league player Jordan Kahu idolised fellow New Zealander Benji Marshall as a teenager, but he could block the veteran's path to a full-time NRL return at Brisbane.

Kahu was spotted training in the left centre position at Broncos training on Monday, the same position Marshall is considered most likely to fill if he plays on a week-to-week basis in 2017.

Brisbane Broncos fullback Jordan Kahu is one of six debutants in the Kiwis.

Jordan Kahu in action for Brisbane Photo: Photosport

Kahu is considered to be the most versatile player in the Brisbane backline.

The 25-year-old spent most of last season playing on the wing, however with the retirement of Jack Reed and the acquisition of David Mead, a shift to the centres in 2017 could be the most likely option.

And while he is yet to speak to coach Wayne Bennett about the possible move, Kahu believes he would be comfortable playing one man further in.

"I'll put my hand up to play there," he said.

"I started there when we were waiting for Reedy to come back last year.

"I'm not too uncomfortable. If I do get picked to play centre then I will do it."

That could present a problem for Marshall, given James Roberts has a hold on the other centre position.

Benji Marshall may have played his last game for the Kiwis.

Benji Marshall during his time with the St George Illawarra Dragons Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The former Wests Tigers and St George Illawarra playmaker is unlikely to command a full-time spot elsewhere in the 17, given Kodi Nikorima provides play-making impact off the bench and Anthony Milford and Ben Hunt are settled in the halves.

Marshall has earlier said he arrived at the club with the knowledge he could spend time in the Queensland Cup.