BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24: Coach Wayne Bennett of the Broncos talks at a press conference after the round 12 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Parramatta Eels at Suncorp Stadium on May 24, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett has hosed down speculation he has met with the Dragons to potentially take over from Paul McGregor next season.

Both coaches are under contract for next season, although Bennett’s future continues to hang in the balance, with the club yet to make a call on whether or not he’ll coach the club in 2019.

Earlier this week, the Sydney Morning Herald ran a story suggesting Bennett had caught up with and spoken to Dragons officials over a return to the club, although he quickly got on the phone to SMH and denied the conversation.

“I had lunch with Peter Doust and Craig Young before the first game of the season [in San Souci, as Fairfax Media reported at the time] and I’ve had no contact with him at all since then. Not a word. Completely not right,” Bennett said.

Bennett and the Broncos are now preparing for a clash with the Dragons on Sunday afternoon, with the winners to face the Rabbitohs in the semi-final.

However, even if the Broncos win and go deep during the finals, Bennett’s position still won’t be guaranteed for next season, despite having a year to run on his current deal.

Brisbane are scheduled to have a board meeting in mid-October, and SMH understand Bennett may lose his job unless he can guide the club to another grand final appearance, and the sixth of his NRL coaching career.

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If the Broncos are beaten by the Dragons on Sunday, it could be Bennett’s final game in charge at Red Hill, if the board get their way.


  1. Bennett is as good as gone to Dragons now especially as Broncos bowed out today. A premiership was the only thing that may have kept him in Brisbane

  2. Dragons can have him after that garbage effort. Not taking anything away from the way the Dragons played. Credit where credit is due, but what was that? We never even looked like being in the game at any stage. I guess that’s what happens when you rock up and expect to win. Pretty embarrassing having almost 50 scored against you in any game, let alone in a home final.

    • Ahahahahahaaaaaa.🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣. That game watching Brisbane being thrashed by Saints was better than Souths getting smashed all over the park with their new 1mil dollar man having a shocher💪😁👍🐓

      • “better than Souths getting smashed all over the park with their new 1mil dollar man having a shocher”

        You can’t be a real Roosters supporter then Woodchook (aka Nick Politis). Because to a Rabbitohs supporter NOTHING is better than seeing the Roosters plucked!

        “shocher”? Really Uncle Nick, that was a shocker!

        Check the facts “Teflon Don” Sam Burgess played 80 mins and still almost topped the tackle count (2nd after Kaufusi with 38) and had the most run metres. A few errors under fatigue were to be expected after playing 80 mins non-stop in a game of that speed and intensity.

  3. Don’t want him back. Not after how he left the club in tatters. Sorry if we get rid of Mary, it should be for someone like Madge. I suspect Mary is safe now until his contract expires end of 2019. Bennett’s coaching doesn’t seem to have moved with the times.

    What a hypocrite woodc0ck, you were gloating over the prospect of Brisbane smashing us.

  4. Surely if there ever was an offer it would be off the table after Sunday. You just can’t expect to limp into the finals and then leak almost 50 points in your first sudden death game against the coach you expect to replace and still get the gig.

    Is it so beneath Bennett that he can’t give the poms the benefit of his years of experience coaching in the English SL or is that out of the question for the bronze statue in waiting?

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