Brisbane CEO Paul White has declared that super coach Wayne Bennett will be leading the Broncos in 2019.
White addressed the media in a press conference on Friday morning amid the whirlwind of speculation surrounding Bennett and who would be coaching the team in the future.
“Half the coaches in the competition are off contract at the end of 2019. Time’s on our side here, we’ve got 14 months until we have to make a decision about who’s going to be coaching our club in 2020,” he said.
“Wayne’s had a conversation with our chairman, both agreed to refrain on any comment on coaching issues for 2020 until the conclusion of this season.
“We’re on eve of finals now, two games to go, last night’s result was a very good one for us, it gives us a great opportunity.
“My firm priority us to make the most of the back end of this season and restate this club has a proud history of competing hard into the semi-finals.
“Today is about restoring some balance, taking some noise out of the discussion, allowing you guys the opportunity to ask some questions and hopefully at the end of that the coach and our players can concentrate on footy.”
White added that the Broncos made a play for Storm coach Craig Bellamy, but shot down claims of them being linked to Cowboys mentor Paul Green and Rabbitohs premiership winner Michael Maguire.
“We did sound out Craig Bellamy to see if he had an interest in coaching our club. We did that behind closed doors but when it became public we went on the front foot and informed our members and supporters that was the case,” he said.
“It was reported we went after Paul Green but that wasn’t the case. Once the Craig Bellamy matter was concluded we bunkered down and endeavoured to respect the process. Yes we went after one coach, we haven’t gone back into the market since.”
White played down the narrative surrounding the team’s barbecue last Friday that reportedly showed a divide within the club.
“On the issue of barbecue and staff party at my place, it’s been over-reported,” he said.
“I’m disappointed they [the players] were drawn into something I don’t consider a big story.
“The players have shown with their actions last night, they put in a terrific performance, despite what’s reported … it is business as usual.”