Not only are the Dragons set to lose their star coach but their best player wants to go with him.
Clive Churchill medallist and Dally M runner-up Darius Boyd has been the cornerstone of the Dragons’ attack the past two seasons since following Wayne Bennett from Brisbane. And the 23-year-old fullback has said that should Bennett leave the club at the end of the season, he intends to follow the seven-time premiership-winning coach.
Bennett’s departure from St George Illawarra is all but a certainty – although it has been revealed during the week the 61-year-old could stay another year in Wollongong if the extra 12 months meant he would have a better roster at his next club.
Bennett wants to become the first coach in the NRL to win premierships at three clubs. And given he intends retiring from full-time coaching by the age of 65, the game’s most successful coach has limited time to achieve that dream.
However, despite the uncertainty surrounding Bennett’s future, Boyd said he and his teammates weren’t concerned, given he will be at the helm for 2011.