GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 08: Rabbitohs coach Anthony Seibold looks on before the round 14 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Cbus Super Stadium on June 8, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

South Sydney are in no rush to extend mentor Anthony Seibold’s deal as Brisbane begin circling the first-year coach.

Seibold is reportedly the Broncos number one target to replace their iconic leader Wayne Bennett in 2020, with the latter telling reporters earlier in the week he was unsure of his coaching future.

“you will have to talk to the chairman or the CEO . . . if they don’t want to talk about it, I’m certainly not going to talk about it,” Bennett said.

Seibold, who is widely viewed as the NRL’s coach of the year, has put contract talks off until the end of the year in an effort to not distract the club’s title pursuit.

Fairfax Media is reporting that there has not yet been any contact between Seibold and the Broncos.

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Seibold previously played lower grade at the Broncos, and through his experiences as an assistant coach for the Queensland Origin team, he has relationships with a host of their current senior players.

Star Souths recruit Dane Gagai said in addition to the Broncos there may be several other clubs inquiring about Seibold’s services.

“He understands his players and he gets it,” Gagai told The Sydney Morning Herald.

“But our focus is on this year and building for the finals.”

Five-eighth Cody Walker was targeted by Brisbane two years ago only to stay with the Rabbitohs, and he is hoping his coach follows in his footsteps.

“He’s done a fantastic job here and I can understand where that speculation comes from,” Walker said on Thursday.

“But speaking on behalf of Seibsy, I think he’d be keen to quash [that talk] quickly.

“There’s been no chat about [the Broncos] and there probably won’t be any chat.

“I made the decision to stay here, it’s my home, it’s where me and my family are most comfortable.

“My kids love the Bunnies and I don’t think they could see me playing for another team.”

 

5 COMMENTS

  1. Saw him interviewed a while back, very articulate no BS. Future qld coach ?
    Will he go to brissy if he wins with souths this year ?

  2. Seibs is signed for 2019 and the players are confident that he will be with us long term!
    He loves the Rabbitohs.

    In 2020 the “Soft” Salary Cap comes into effect, it will be about $5.7M for TOTAL EXPENDITURE within your footy department.

    That includes everything from Staff wages, Coaches, Physios, Assistant Coaches…
    Equipment, Hotels and flights for Away games, expenditure on Sport-Science and so on.

    The Raiders, Canterbury and Parramatta were among the biggest spenders last year forking out about $9 million each to run their football programs.

    While the likes of Brisbane, the Roosters, South Sydney, Melbourne, Penrith and Manly spent above the proposed $5.7 million.

    Cronulla only spends about $4.5 million while the Titans, the Tigers, St George Illawarra, the Warriors and Newcastle spent less than $5.7 million.

    The Cowboys expenditure was not listed.

    The football department cap will be reviewed in 2020.
    The Rabbitohs are spending about $6M at the moment so Souths are in a good position.

  3. This article tells me Souths coach will be leaving. It also clearly indicates that if you rattle Walker then it is half the battle in defeating the Rabbit.

  4. I doubt the Broncos will go for Seibold – I think they will prefer a coach with a higher profile. I think they will go hard for Cleary, with Kevvie Walters as the second choice. I think a lot will depend upon where Bennet ends up – if he stays at the Broncos in some capacity, I think experienced coaches would avoid the club.

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