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.
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.