Contrary to speculation which emerged yesterday, David Furner has himself committed his future to Super League’s Leeds Rhinos – while South Sydney Rabbitohs have named one of the sport’s most successful ever coaches as their new boss.
Brisbane Broncos’ head coach, Wayne Bennett, is set to move to the Rabbitohs on a two-year-deal starting with the 2020 season after it was made clear that he wouldn’t be staying with the Broncos beyond 2019. In turn, South Sydney’s current head coach Anthony Seibold is the huge favourite to take the Broncos hotseat. The signing is viewed as a major coup for the Rabbitohs with the England head coach having experienced huge success in his four decades of coaching.
Furner, himself having penned a three-year deal with the Rhinos to start next season, was linked with taking the Rabbitohs hotseat on Tuesday night – UK time – as speculation suggested that Seibold would be leaving the club immediately before joining the Broncos. However, Leeds’ WhatsApp communications released an interview with their former player who committed his future to the Headingley club’s cause, explaining that he was very much looking forward to joining the club. “Since the appointment I have been looking forward to my relationship again with Leeds Rhinos, Gary and obviously Kevin and the fans,” he said before confirming that he is booked on a UK-bound flight on the 5th of November.
England and Brisbane head coach Bennett will be leaving the Broncos after five years at the helm – if he sees through the final year of his current deal – and South Sydney are understandably delighted to have secured his services. “Wayne is one of the best, if the not the best, rugby league coaches of all time and we are excited to see what he can bring to our club,” said Shane Richardson, South Sydney’s general manager of football, continuing “his football record is second-to-none and his reputation as a leader is also of the highest order. Here he will have the opportunity to work with some of the best senior and up-and-coming talent in the game, which from our discussions over the past few weeks I know he is excited about.”
Bennett is currently in England preparing the national team for a three match series against New Zealand with the first test taking place this Saturday at Hull FC’s KCOM Stadium.