The Brisbane Broncos have confirmed next year will be Wayne Bennett’s final year coaching at the club.
Bennett and Brisbane’s Chairman Karl Morris, have both agreed 2019 would be Bennett’s last year as he will see out the remainder of his contract.
The 68-year-old has coached a total of 532 games at Brisbane between 1988-2008 before leaving the club and then returning in 2015 where he has added another 95 games to that tally.
Overall, Bennett has coached a whopping 809 NRL games and will go down in history as one of the games best coaches with a winning percentage of 62%.
Bennett told the club he is glad he now knows what his future holds.
“Having the decision made now puts an end to speculation and allows a clear focus on getting ready for next season,” Bennett told the club’s website.
“I firmly believe in the playing group we have here at the club.”
Morris has previously stated the club were being consistent on their approach of the coaching position for 2020 and said that the approach will continue the same way.
“The club will work through a thorough process, led by CEO Paul White, to identify and select a coach for the 2020 season and beyond,” Morris said.
CEO Paul White also stated the club is in no hurry to find Bennett’s successor.
“We are in no rush to find the next coach of this club and we have been clear on that for the past year – we have a process and we will work through that to get the best result,” White said.
“Planning has already begun for next season and we are expecting big things from the team.
“The 2019 season is something we can all look forward to.”