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Thursday, 18 October 2018

Bennett shift on potential Tigers move


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Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett is ‘completely off’ a move to Wests Tigers, according to a morning radio report.

It had been reported that the veteran coach had been interested in replacing Ivan Cleary at the Tigers as the NRL coaching merry go round turns.

But reporter Andrew Webster told the Big Sports Breakfast show: “I’ve been told overnight that Wayne Bennett has dropped completely off the Tigers.

“To be honest, I don’t know if he was ever that keen. I know a lot of people thought the deal was already done. Can you honestly see Wayne Bennett roaming Concord Oval after being in a nice big facility at Red Hill in Brisbane?

“I just couldn’t see him going there. I’m not going to say it’s not going to happen because the market is so volatile. I reckon the Tigers will go hard now for (Michael) Maguire. Although, he’s a man whose demands are quite significant as well.”

Bennett, who has won six premierships in Brisbane, will depart after the Broncos board rejected his request to get a contract extension for 2020 and beyond.

A panel consisting of Broncos legend Darren Lockyer, CEO Paul White and chairman Karl Morris is reported to be setting up interviews with Anthony Seibold, Michael Maguire, Kevin Walters and current assistant coach Jason Demetriou to replace Bennett after the 2019 season.

Johnathan Thurston has backed Demetriou, who was Cowboys assistant under Paul Green when they won the 2015 premiership.

 “I really enjoyed being coached by JD,” Thurston said.

“He’s got a great football brain and talks well to the players and knows how to get his point across as well,” he said.

“He is very well liked at the club so if they (the Broncos) do give him the job no doubt he will do it justice.”

Recently retired Broncos forward Sam Thaiday backed Maroons coach Kevin Walters.

 “Culturally he understands what the Broncos are about and he knows the standards and structures that we have in place here,” he told NRL.com.

 “Kevvie lived and breathed that culture for the years he played here and he will continue those standards.”

There is a chance Bennett could leave Brisbane early and Webster told Sky radio South Sydney would be prepared to let Seibold leave now to move to Brisbane.

“Then it becomes an interesting one with South Sydney,” he said.

“If Bennett does leave and they get Anthony Seibold, I’m told that the Rabbitohs would be more than happy to let him go early.

“They’re comfortable with their back-up plans. Who they are, I don’t know.”

Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett is ‘completely off’ a move to Wests Tigers, according to a morning radio report.

It had been reported that the veteran coach had been interested in replacing Ivan Cleary at the Tigers as the NRL coaching merry go round turns.

But reporter Andrew Webster told the Big Sports Breakfast show: “I’ve been told overnight that Wayne Bennett has dropped completely off the Tigers.

“To be honest, I don’t know if he was ever that keen. I know a lot of people thought the deal was already done. Can you honestly see Wayne Bennett roaming Concord Oval after being in a nice big facility at Red Hill in Brisbane?

“I just couldn’t see him going there. I’m not going to say it’s not going to happen because the market is so volatile. I reckon the Tigers will go hard now for (Michael) Maguire. Although, he’s a man whose demands are quite significant as well.”

Bennett, who has won six premierships in Brisbane, will depart after the Broncos board rejected his request to get a contract extension for 2020 and beyond.

A panel consisting of Broncos legend Darren Lockyer, CEO Paul White and chairman Karl Morris is reported to be setting up interviews with Anthony Seibold, Michael Maguire, Kevin Walters and current assistant coach Jason Demetriou to replace Bennett after the 2019 season.

Johnathan Thurston has backed Demetriou, who was Cowboys assistant under Paul Green when they won the 2015 premiership.

 “I really enjoyed being coached by JD,” Thurston said.

“He’s got a great football brain and talks well to the players and knows how to get his point across as well,” he said.

“He is very well liked at the club so if they (the Broncos) do give him the job no doubt he will do it justice.”

Recently retired Broncos forward Sam Thaiday backed Maroons coach Kevin Walters.

 “Culturally he understands what the Broncos are about and he knows the standards and structures that we have in place here,” he told NRL.com.

 “Kevvie lived and breathed that culture for the years he played here and he will continue those standards.”

There is a chance Bennett could leave Brisbane early and Webster told Sky radio South Sydney would be prepared to let Seibold leave now to move to Brisbane.

“Then it becomes an interesting one with South Sydney,” he said.

“If Bennett does leave and they get Anthony Seibold, I’m told that the Rabbitohs would be more than happy to let him go early.

“They’re comfortable with their back-up plans. Who they are, I don’t know.”

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