Bennett again rules out early Broncos exit

By Dejan Kalinic 30 November 2018 2
Bennett again rules out early Broncos exit

Wayne Bennett confirmed once more he would honour his contract and coach the Brisbane Broncos in 2019.

Bennett, 68, has already agreed to take over at the South Sydney Rabbitohs beginning in 2020, with Anthony Seibold heading in the opposite direction.

Reports suggested that move could be brought forward to begin next season, but Bennett said on Friday he was staying at the Broncos.

"I've been terribly consistent with it and nothing has changed today," he told a news conference.

"I've informed the players and the staff and the CEO [Paul White] and the chairman [Karl Morris] that I'm staying and honouring my 2019 contract, which was always my plan."

Bennett, who has been at the helm of the Broncos for more than 600 games across two stints, was expected to make the move early.

But it appears the long-running saga is nearing a conclusion, with the Broncos set to begin training under Bennett on Monday.

"There's obviously some aggravation there about Anthony wanting to be here a year early and that type of stuff," Bennett said.

"But you'll have to ask them all those questions. I don't have answers for all that, but that was part of it I think."

Asked if he could be sacked later on Friday, Bennett responded: "There is always a possibility."

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