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Thursday, 22 November 2018

Decoy cars used in mad day for Bennett


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Wayne Bennett has resorted to extraordinary measures to avoid media scrutiny of his imminent move to the Rabbitohs, reportedly using decoy cars and crawling to an escape vehicle as the Broncos returned for their first day of pre-season training on Thursday.

As the majority of the club's NRL squad returned to prepare for 2019, news broke revealing talks had been scheduled between Bennett and Broncos chairman Karl Morris to thrash out the terms of his departure from Brisbane with a year still to run on his contract.

Bennett has repeatedly vowed to coach Brisbane until he was no longer contracted to do so and he was clearly in no mood to publicly backtrack from that position on Thursday, deciding instead to do a swifty after training, leaving the awaiting media throng aghast.

Seven News reporter Chris Gary shared insight from a text exchange he had with Bennett, saying the 68-year-old was "loving" getting the better of the journalists.

"Wayne Bennett has snuck out of Broncos HQ, escaping five news crews and two photographers by using decoy cars, crawling to an escape vehicle and lying down in the back seat," Gary tweeted.

"Judging by the texts he sent me about it, he's loving it. He's upped the ante on Schapelle Corby!"

https://twitter.com/ChrisGarry7/status/1065459321054449664

Fellow journalist Ed Jackson described Bennett's antics as "bizarre and hilarious", while Courier-Mail reporter Peter Badel said the coach's ongoing presence at the club was "madness".

https://twitter.com/edjacko/status/1065466880868024320

"It’s as clear as mud this whole circus," Padel told Macquarie Sports Radio.

"I was at Broncos training this morning. It was Wayne Bennett’s first day (back) at the club and such is the madness, and the circus going on, he didn’t even show his face. He didn’t appear at training to visit his players and watch them go through their paces.

"It’s quite unbelievable. My information is some talks will happen between Bennett and chairman Karl Morris by the weekend and don’t be surprised if this is all finalised this weekend.

"Souths are ready to let Seibold go. Wayne is the final impediment, but I think you’ll find Seibold will be announced as Brisbane’s coach before Christmas."

Broncos to move Bennett on

Badel reported that Broncos assistant Jason Demetriou and Anthony Seibold's assistant at the Rabbitohs, Peter Gentle, would also swap clubs.

While Bennett was making his unbelievable escape, it was left to Andrew McCullough - whose position at the Broncos is also under pressure with reports Seibold is eyeing up Kangaroos hooker Damien Cook for 2020 and beyond - to attempt to make sense of a scenario that would make a good movie script.

McCullough urged the Broncos to make a call on their coach sooner rather than later and admitted the players wanted clarity.

"Everyone just needs to move forward in the right direction but in the time being Wayne’s here and we’re happy to get on with it," he said.

"It’s out of our control, what happens; there’s plenty of big guys upstairs that can make the tough decisions.

"Yes (we’re prepared to play under Seibold); it’s the nature of the game if it comes to that."

Wayne Bennett has resorted to extraordinary measures to avoid media scrutiny of his imminent move to the Rabbitohs, reportedly using decoy cars and crawling to an escape vehicle as the Broncos returned for their first day of pre-season training on Thursday.

As the majority of the club's NRL squad returned to prepare for 2019, news broke revealing talks had been scheduled between Bennett and Broncos chairman Karl Morris to thrash out the terms of his departure from Brisbane with a year still to run on his contract.

Bennett has repeatedly vowed to coach Brisbane until he was no longer contracted to do so and he was clearly in no mood to publicly backtrack from that position on Thursday, deciding instead to do a swifty after training, leaving the awaiting media throng aghast.

Seven News reporter Chris Gary shared insight from a text exchange he had with Bennett, saying the 68-year-old was "loving" getting the better of the journalists.

"Wayne Bennett has snuck out of Broncos HQ, escaping five news crews and two photographers by using decoy cars, crawling to an escape vehicle and lying down in the back seat," Gary tweeted.

"Judging by the texts he sent me about it, he's loving it. He's upped the ante on Schapelle Corby!"

https://twitter.com/ChrisGarry7/status/1065459321054449664

Fellow journalist Ed Jackson described Bennett's antics as "bizarre and hilarious", while Courier-Mail reporter Peter Badel said the coach's ongoing presence at the club was "madness".

https://twitter.com/edjacko/status/1065466880868024320

"It’s as clear as mud this whole circus," Padel told Macquarie Sports Radio.

"I was at Broncos training this morning. It was Wayne Bennett’s first day (back) at the club and such is the madness, and the circus going on, he didn’t even show his face. He didn’t appear at training to visit his players and watch them go through their paces.

"It’s quite unbelievable. My information is some talks will happen between Bennett and chairman Karl Morris by the weekend and don’t be surprised if this is all finalised this weekend.

"Souths are ready to let Seibold go. Wayne is the final impediment, but I think you’ll find Seibold will be announced as Brisbane’s coach before Christmas."

Broncos to move Bennett on

Badel reported that Broncos assistant Jason Demetriou and Anthony Seibold's assistant at the Rabbitohs, Peter Gentle, would also swap clubs.

While Bennett was making his unbelievable escape, it was left to Andrew McCullough - whose position at the Broncos is also under pressure with reports Seibold is eyeing up Kangaroos hooker Damien Cook for 2020 and beyond - to attempt to make sense of a scenario that would make a good movie script.

McCullough urged the Broncos to make a call on their coach sooner rather than later and admitted the players wanted clarity.

"Everyone just needs to move forward in the right direction but in the time being Wayne’s here and we’re happy to get on with it," he said.

"It’s out of our control, what happens; there’s plenty of big guys upstairs that can make the tough decisions.

"Yes (we’re prepared to play under Seibold); it’s the nature of the game if it comes to that."

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