BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 05: Broncos coach Wayne Bennett speaks to media after losing the round one NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium on March 5, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Wayne Bennett and Anthony Seibold could be swapping jobs in the 2020 with reports emerging South Sydney are interested in luring the seven-time premiership winning coach.

Seibold is tipped to be Bennett’s successor at the Broncos when the veteran coach’s contract expires at the end of the 2019 season.

The Rabbitohs will be in the hunt for a new coach should Seibold take up the job a the Broncos and could be interested in the veteran coach.

Bennett is keen to continue coaching beyond the 2019 season and has already been linked to the West Tigers job.

Current Souths assistant David Furner was the favourite to replace Seibold but he has already agreed a deal to coach Leeds in the Super League.

There were reports of a release clause in Furner’s deal that would allow him to opt out of the Rhinos and coach the Redfern club.

However, Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington said Furner is committed to his contract.

โ€œItโ€™s all pure speculation. David is committed to coming here, there is no question about that,” Hetherington told The Sydney Morning Herald.



  1. Best option for us , better than Furner and it gives me more confidence for 2019 now than 1 hour ago.

    Is it for next season or 2020? has to be next season doesn’t it?

    • As of right now, it’s 2020, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a swap. Rabbits already said they’ll release Siebold if he gets the job

  2. Reg, just as well you haven’t re-signed Sutton yet, as you may well need these funds for part of the pending Darius deal.
    Sorry, just kidding. Couldn’t help myself.

    • That’s right! It’s like that movie “Stuck on You”, Bennett and Darius are joined at the hip… they come as a package deal. Nooooooooo!

      Oh dear. Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Redfern anymore. (eyed closed) “There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.”

      • Thank you! Finally this dark cloud has a silver lining! ๐Ÿ˜

        Of course at this stage everything is still just speculation and gossip but in regards to TPJ ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป

  3. I think it would work ok for south’s as it will be his last coaching job. In saying that it means he won’t leave it in a rabble like he did with saints and the knights.
    Apart from the fact Bennett will fill it up with his brigade of qlds it will hurt the Broncs more…
    The question remains – does Darius come back to Sydney?

    • Or, knowing that it is definitely a short term thing and that he won’t need another job after this, will he come in, fill the team with guys also on short term deals, many probably towards the end of their career. I would be worried about him only worrying about the immediate, with no eye to the future.

  4. Noooooooooo! I’ve changed my mind. I didn’t mean to take the red pill. Let me take the blue pill, PLEEEASE! Colonel Jessup was right, I CAN’T handle the truth! It’s too painful. Aaaaaargh! Oh the humanity!

    • Don’t fret Reg, you may just get another premiership in the next couple of years!! Must admit I am a little disappointed as I really did think that Seibold would commit to Souths and can understand how Bunnies supporters must be feeling. I don’t actually understand the logic in Souths signing Bennett as it will only be a short term fix as I believe they will be up for a new coach in a few years when Bennett retires.

      • But the irony dreaglor. Who is the ONE person I have consistently had it in for an lambasted and lampooned on this site for the last 3 years? tommyknocker must be p!ssing himself laughing!

        It’s like being hit by lightning TWICE… on TWO SEPARATE DAYS! And then getting run over when I tried to cross the road.

        Ned, I need this to be Ground Hog Day so I can get a chance to change this! PLEASE!

        • Request pending.
          I’ll see if I can make it Ground Hog day for you, after he starts coaching, but before he retires of course.

        • You are a twisted, cruel individual Ned. No, I prefer the timeline where I keep “bopping” you one at the same time every day. ๐Ÿ‘

        • hehehehehe. Please PLEASE god of all that is ironic and evil I want an announcement soon that Boyd will be following. Only then could this dish get any sweeter.

        • Well Reg, you may have to cancel your Souths membership until Benny retires! But seriously, how will you feel if he does bring another Rabbitohs premiership? I do sympathise with you though, it would be like having Sticky leave the Raiders and come to coach the Broncos………

        • Oh tommy, I KNEW you couldn’t resist making a comeback for this. So, you finally get the last laugh at my expense. Irony can be very cruel sometimes.

          I’m already trying to run over the positives in my head… Bennett controls (or at least intimidates) the referees and the media. So I’m looking at FINALLY being on the right side of BOTH. TPJ and Oates would be welcome additions. Boyd, Roberts, Lodge and McGuire would NOT.

          I’m happy to trade Adam Doueihi, Dane Gagai and take your pick of Hymel Hunt, Braidon Burns, Jacob Gagan, Dean Britt, Mark Nicholls, Matt McIllwrick, Tevita Tatola, Tyrell Fuimaonoi and Zane Musgrove. We can always look at a package deal.

          The following however are ALL staying: ALL THREE BURGESS BROTHERS, Damien Cook, Cameron Murray, Adam Reynolds, Cody Walker, Alex Johnston, and Campbell Graham.

        • Oops! I forgot Robert Jennings. He stays too. He would have been leading try scorer for 2018 if not for injury.

  5. Well … if it brings Pangai Jr. and Oates (maybe even Boyd because AJ is not a fullback and should be playing on the wing…), then Iโ€™m not complaining.

  6. Lets face it, Seibold is leaving at some point and the question is when and who will replace him? Would you like to see an experienced coach that has been given the flick like Griffin, Barrett, Toovey etc, or rookies like Demetriou and O’Brien. Any one of these wouldn’t start until 2020.

    If Bennett and Seibold were a straight swap then we could move on starting 2019. Boyd has said he has signed his last contract, and he has been promised a job when it expires so he would not be with Bennett, but others may well follow Uncle Wayne.

    I don’t want to see Souths dragged through a coaching circus like West Tigers. Anyway Bennett has the best coaching record of all current coaches in the NRL. That doesn’t mean that I like him, it means that he might be good for Souths at the present time.

  7. Souths have just announced that they have signed Wayne Bennett for 2020 – 2021. Now the horse trading begins.

  8. Damn, I was hoping Saints would pick him up. The anti-McGregor brigade will be howling now. With the roster Souths have, I reckon he’ll do alright. That said, would they want Darius? I wouldn’t, I’ve got no doubt Saints got the best 3 years out him, never played better than for us.

    • I really hope that is a bad joke. That would be a terrible trade for Souths. Jennings would have been the leading try scorer but for injury in 2018 and Cam Murray will play for NSW in SOO in the next few years AND he is a Souths junior who bleeds cardinal and myrtle. I still would love to have TPJ and Oates (not Boyd) and I would lose my lunch if Matt Lodge and James Roberts came anywhere near the Rabbitohs.

      I was thinking that Inglis might swap with Boyd though but culturally it would be a poor trade for both players. Does anyone know if TPJ and Oates HAVE signed with the Broncos for 2019 and beyond and if there is a “get out of jail free” card to follow Bennett? I can’t imagine what other dominoes have to fall to accommodate that exchange.

      Worse than having Bennett for 2019 would be having NO COACH at all with BOTH our head coach and assistant coach out of the picture. Seriously, there hasn’t been so much chaos and lack of coordination since the aliens attacked in “Independence Day” after the timer countdown reached zero!

      Are you still with us 3hats? I have never seen you so lost for words with so much chaos and disorder going on at Souths. I guess you must still be in shock like the rest of us.

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