BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24: Coach Wayne Bennett of the Broncos talks at a press conference after the round 12 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Parramatta Eels at Suncorp Stadium on May 24, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

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.

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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.”

6 COMMENTS

  1. I see a big year for the Broncos in 2019 – those young forwards will be a lot better. Down side is we will know have 12 months of speculation about who will coach in 2020.

  2. So one would assume Seibold is heading home. Hopefully Souths get someone competent (not Bennett) to replace him afterwards.. Maybe see what Trent Barrett has to offer with a club that has a ton of juniors and top of the line facilities.. Or blood another unknown with the right resume like we did Seibold and see how it goes

    • Hope you get to keep Seibold for a while longer at Souths, he owes the club for giving him a start. Talk up here is Kevin Walters for the role. I don’t mind that option, although I would like to see Madge given a go.

  3. Tooves is the only one of the current crop of out of work coaches I would consider. Who is that Melbourne assistant that will move to another assistant role next year? He sounds like he is in the Seibold mould.

  4. time will tell if Seibold “loves the club” as he has said… but I would have expected a rookie coach to jump at he chance to extend his contract.. hope I’m wrong…

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