Marshall has been installed at halfback after an injury to Darius Boyd forced a re-shuffle to the backline.

The 32-year-old last played finals football with the Dragons in 2015.

Prior to that his last post-season campaign was in 2011 with the Tigers.

But the man who led the Tigers to the 2005 Premiership said he knew enough about the play-offs to understand the best approach to Friday’s qualifying final at Allianz Stadium. 

“I will just try and keep the guys relaxed and keep it fun at training,” Marshall said.

“I keep it light hearted. I think that goes a long way to relaxing them for semi-finals.

 “It’s a big occasion, it’s finals football, so I am sure there will be a little bit of nerves.

 “But the good thing about this club is that we prepare well and I know this group will really stand up this week so that probably takes those nerves away a little bit.”

Marshall was without a club at the end of last season after the Dragons withdrew a $300,000-a-season offer after the former New Zealand captain asked for more money.

Wayne Bennett threw him a lifeline in the form of a $100,000 one year deal which saw Marshall start the season in the Queensland Cup.

But injuries and the Origin period has seen the flick-pass merchant return to solid form which Marshall attributes to his move to the Sunshine State.

“I have probably grown up a lot in the 12 months here,” Marshall said.

“The best things in my life have probably happened here, my wife is pregnant and off the field life is happy — it has been great for us.

“Coming to Brisbane has been the best thing to happen to me in my career. “Playing with this bunch of players has been a privilege.”