Wayne Bennett’s Rugby League Future and NRL Speculations

Speculation Swirls Around Wayne Bennett’s Rugby League Future

(Published on April 6, 2023 by Sports News Network)

The future of former England rugby league head coach Wayne Bennett has been a hot topic, with rumors linking him to the Parramatta Eels and South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL.

Bennett, a seasoned NRL coach with over four decades of experience, has an impressive track record of success with various clubs, including the Brisbane Broncos and St George Illawarra Dragons. This season, the 74-year-old has been cautious in addressing questions about his coaching future, especially with the potential departure of his former assistant Jason Demetriou, a situation that could significantly influence Bennett’s decision.

One of the main questions is whether Bennett will return to his former club, the South Sydney Rabbitohs. He was the head coach from 2019 to 2021 and is considered the primary choice by the club to take over the coaching reins for the 2025 NRL season, alongside Kangaroos boss Mal Meninga. However, Bennett has been tight-lipped about his plans, stating, “I am here until the end of the season, and I have made no decisions about going anywhere or doing anything, so we will wait and see.”

Despite speculation, Bennett has denied any links to the Parramatta Eels, saying, “Not even nearly. I haven’t even walked past the (Parramatta) ground.” The Eels, who reached the 2022 Grand Final, have struggled this season and currently sit 14th in the NRL standings.

As the Dolphins’ head coach, Bennett is focused on maintaining his side’s strong start to the 2023 rugby league season. The Dolphins, an expansion team, play away to the Brisbane Broncos on Saturday, hoping to stay atop the NRL table after a superb start to the campaign.

Fans and journalists will be closely following Bennett’s next move, as his coaching expertise and success in the rugby league make him a highly sought-after figure. Whether he returns to the South Sydney Rabbitohs or continues his tenure with the Dolphins, Wayne Bennett’s impact on the sport of rugby league is undeniable.

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