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Wayne Bennett signs two-year deal with South Sydney

Supercoach Wayne Bennett has signed a two-year deal to be the Head Coach of South Sydney for 2020 and 2021.

It comes after Souths officially released a statement that incumbent coach Anthony Seibold is set to pursue other options, reportedly with Brisbane at Red Hill.

Rabbitohs’ General Manager of Football Shane Richardson said the club had tabled an offer to the rookie coach midway through the 2018 season, but he was “hesistant” to agree to a new deal.

And while both coaches are contracted at their respective clubs for the 2019 season, there is speculation the coaching swap will take place one year earlier ahead of next season.

Fairfax Chief Rugby League reporter Adrian Proszenko says the Broncos have eyed the Dally M coach of the Year for a long time.

“Seibold has long coveted that job at the Broncos,” Proszenko said.

“From very early on he was in the frame.

“There was a lot of talk Kevvie Walters was being groomed for that role.

“Kevvie knocked back the Titans role and thought he was a big chance of getting that.

“They ended up interviewing four candidates in all – including Seibold, Kevvie Walters, Jason Demetriou and Michael Maguire.

“To be honest, I think they did it almost out of courtesy for three of them because they have long felt Seibold’s the man, he’s the next Wayne Bennett.”

Seibold took Souths to the preliminary finals in his first season at the helm, before they were knocked out by premiers the Roosters.

However it doesn’t compare to the current Brisbane and England coach’s record – coaching over 800 First Grade games with a winning record of over 60% – on top of seven premierships as a coach.

It’s also set to bring an end to the coaching merry-go round – after Des Hasler already signed with Manly, Ivan Cleary is reportedly set to move back to Penrith and Michael Maguire will take Cleary’s place at Concord.


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