Despite being one of the most successful and respected coaches in the sport of rugby league, Brisbane Broncos’ and England man Wayne Bennett’s future at the NRL club seems uncertain – and that is something he wants sorted out soon.
Recently, there have been strong suggestions that Melbourne Storm’s Craig Bellamy would move to the six-time premiers ahead of 2019 but earlier this month he struck an agreement with the reigning NRL winners to extend his fifteen year bond with the club. Having joined the club in 2003 as head coach, he had a five year spell as assistant to Bennett himself at the Broncos who were very keen to bring the 59-year-old to the club as they crave the return to the silverware-winning rugby they used to produce. In fact, not since 2006 have the club won the NRL Grand Final – something Bellamy has achieved at the storm twice in the last six years.
However, now Bellamy has effectively ruled himself out of the Brisbane job, England head coach Bennett now has the upper hand with the Broncos board and, as he looks to extend his second period at the helm of the Queensland club, is believed to have tabled his future plans for the club as he aims to secure a deal into his seventies. Explaining his desire for a swift confirmation, the 68-year-old – known as the ‘super-coach’ – stated ahead of his club’s Saturday clash against Canberra that “the major reason (to get a prompt reply) is that we don’t want any distractions going into the back end of the season.” Such is the position of strength Bennett now finds himself in, he has had something of a crack at the Broncos administration for not having a succession plan should they not retain his services, upping the ante in his ‘back me or sack me’ stance with the club.