The Daily Telegraph reports that Bennett is poised to sign a two-year deal with Brisbane, the club where he famously won six titles between 1988 and 2008.
Bennett yesterday revealed he would quit St George Illawarra at the end of this season, saying he had “got the job done”.
With Tinkler expected to be voted in as club
Owner by Knights members tonight, it was thought his immense wealth could persuade Bennett to the Hunter.
However, the issues that forced Bennett out of Brisbane for 2009 have now been cleared.
Bennett would not reveal his future coaching plans yesterday but preparations for his return to Brisbane are well advanced and his re-signing is now only a formality.
Sources told The Daily Telegraph that Bennett wanted a return to Brisbane to be alongside his family, although the coaching great denied this yesterday.
The great Darren Lockyer, who will retire at the end of this season, will complete a coaching apprenticeship under Bennett at Brisbane.
There are suggestions that Darius Boyd – currently playing under Bennett at the Dragons – will also move back to Brisbane and replace Lockyer in the squad.