NRL coaching merry-go-round continues as Wayne Bennett signs with Souths

Just when his coaching career looked like it might be coming to an end, Wayne Bennett has found a new home at South Sydney.

Told by the Broncos he wasn’t wanted after 2019, Bennett has signed a two-year deal at Redfern from 2020.

Souths made a move on Bennett after current coach Anthony Seibold hesitated at signing a long term deal with the club.


Instead Seibold is said to be in deep negotiations with Brisbane to take Bennett’s job after he leaves at the end of next season.

That’s leading to speculation the pair might even do a job swap before the start of 2019.

Souths General Manager of Football Shane Richardson hailed the signing of Bennett as a fillip for the club.

“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,” Richardson said.

“His football record is second-to-none and his reputation as a leader is also of the highest order.”

Bennett says he’s looking forward to coaching the oldest and most successful club in history.

“I’m truly humbled by the opportunity to coach the South Sydney Rabbitohs,” Bennett said.

“Souths is one of the iconic clubs in the game. I didn’t think I would get this opportunity, but that opportunity has now come for 2020 and 2021.”

“I’m really grateful for the chance to be part of the Club and I’m looking forward to being part of The Rabbitoh Way.”