As speculation around the league’s coaching ranks continue to heat up, Broncos mentor Wayne Bennett has admitted his future is clouded.
“The last time I left [to coach the Dragons in 2009] I left for similar reasons but I made the decision to leave so this [constant speculation] didn’t happen, but this time I haven’t made the decision to leave,” he told reporters at a press conference today.
“It is up the board now and the CEO to make their decisions. I’m not making the decisions for them this time. I made it easy for them last time but I’m not doing it this time.”
Despite being contracted until the end of 2019, Bennett added that there is “absolutely” a possibility he will not be at Brisbane next season.
“I live in the real world…and quite realistically I may not be here,” he said.
“I haven’t been told otherwise, this is the club I want to be at. You’ll have to ask the directors that.”
It comes amid a report by The Courier-Mail that Bennett and Brisbane skipper Darius Boyd snubbed a team barbecue at chief executive Paul White’s home in a revelation that threatens to tear the Broncos apart.
“A lot of them went to Paul’s and came onto my place. Like everyone else they feel the pain. It wasn’t pre-planned,” Bennett said.
“I got text messages they wanted to come to my place. I enjoyed their company, we had a great night. I was proud that the boys were strong enough in their own way to stand for what they believed in.”
To add fire to the fuel, The Courier-Mail is reporting that Dragons coach Paul McGregor is on thin ice at the club and influential figures have Bennett on their radar.
Bennett was coy when asked if he would consider a return to the Dragons, simply stated he hoped to remain at Red Hill.
“I’ve made that known to everybody, upstairs and downstairs, to all of you… and until that option is not available we’ll talk about what the future might bring.”