Macdonald — via Facebook — had threatened to turn his back on the Kumuls jumper after the 24-year-old was allegedly assaulted at a club in Port Moresby last month.
“It’s really up to him (Nene),” Marum told The National when asked to comment on Macdonald’s desire to represent the country again.
“I knew he was not going to turn us down when I was told at the time of the incident.
“We have to understand that he was frustrated about what happened at the time which led him say what he said.”
Marum, who is also the PNG Hunters coach, said Macdonald was a vital cog in the national team.
“The Kumuls need players like him as much as I need him for future matches,” Marum said.
The Kumuls are expected to play Tonga, Samoa and New Zealand next year in preparation for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England. The National