Wayne Bennett has reaffirmed his commitment to the Brisbane Broncos next season after the West Tigers denied reports they approached the seven-time premiership coach to replace Ivan Cleary.
Bennett has already been informed that next season will be his last at the Broncos and intends to continue coaching in 2020.
“I’ve said it numerous times and I’ll repeat it – I intend to continue coaching after 2019 if I can get a job somewhere,” Bennett told The Sydney Morning Herald.
“Nothing is off the list. We’ll see what happens.
The first time I heard about the Wests Tigers [link] was this morning when my sister told me about it.”
The fact that the Broncos squad has a better chance of winning the 2019 premierships than the Tigers would also be a reason for Bennett to fulfil his contract.
West Tigers coach Ivan Cleary has two years remaining on his deal at the club, but rumours persist that he will move to Penrith.
Cleary has refused to reaffirm his commitment to the Tigers and with his son Nathan re-signing with the Panthers until 2024, rumours continue to circulate.
Tigers chief executive Justin Pascoe has become frustrated by the constant speculation surrounding the club, despite stating Cleary will see out the remainder of his contract.
“Especially when we’re not the ones driving the speculation,” Pascoe told The Sydney Morning Herald.
“The first I heard about the Wayne speculation was Wednesday. Our position hasn’t changed and we have a coach who will honour his contract the next two years.”