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)

Legendary Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett hopes the Broncos’ management can make a call regarding the club’s future soon, in a bid to put speculation surrounding his contract to bed.

News broke on Tuesday night suggesting Bennett had approached the Broncos’ board a few weeks ago and asked for a one-year contract extension to take him into 2020, and the request was reportedly denied, according to the Courier-Mail.

Bennett fronted the media on Wednesday to once again answer questions regarding his future, and he told reporters he hoped he’d know more about his long-term plans soon.

“From a personal point of view I do, because I have to come to this [press conference]. I have to come here three times a week and I have to answer these questions all the time,” Bennett told reporters.

“They don’t have to come to the meetings. They can avoid them and make no comments and all the other stuff that goes with their roles.

“I’m the one that is facing the music.”

Bennett’s contract runs out at the end of 2019, and the Broncos have so far failed in their bids to lure another NRL coach to take over in 2020.

Brisbane went after Craig Bellamy earlier on in the season, before he signed a contract extension that will take him through to the end of 2021.

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The 68-year-old is currently unsure about his 2020 plans, and said he doesn’t know if he’ll be at the club beyond 2019.

“That remains to be seen. I’m not unconfident. I’m not in a position where I can elaborate on my own future,” Bennett added.

“It is someone else’s call, and if the chairman and CEO don’t want to call then you will just have to all wait.

“I wish the speculation would all go away but it won’t go away until we make a decision here.

“I understand that. I’m not sure if anyone else does but I certainly do.

I am just getting on with coaching here. That is what I want to do. My focus is good and the players have been wonderful to work with.”

5 COMMENTS

  1. It is just lovely that the Brisbane Courier-Mail is trying to derail the Rabbitohs 2018 run to the Finals with this speculation that Seibold will be at the Broncos in 2020.

    What I do know is this!
    Seibold is putting in long-term plans at the Rabbitohs as we speak, he is implementing some new systems and keeping some that were put in place by Madge.
    Some have been discarded.

    Many Youngsters in our lower grades have re-signed on the understanding that Seibs will be at the club long term.
    We all know he does have 15 months left on his contract and he is very happy with the Rabbitohs.

    Corey Allan whom we pinched off the Shoncos was a direct decision Seibs did make.

    There are other players whom he brought to the club in the off-season who will also re-sign shortly.

  2. Seibs will always have connections the Broncos (just like Inglis and Smith) because he is from the area, and has known the players etc. The bunnies fell apart after 2014 because the players thought that they had done their jobs and they didn’t need to work hard anymore… Anthony Seibold has them motivated again and the Rabbits will be stupid to let him go. Definitely won’t sign with Brisbane!

  3. Retire. Simple.
    If not, I just hope he doesn’t get anywhere near Parra.
    Credit where credit is due, he’s been a great coach, but it’s time to call it a day.

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