Big news for Queensland Maroons fans this afternoon, with wonder-coach Wayne Bennett confirming he won’t be returning to the role for the 2021 season.
NRL.com reports that Bennett told the QRL he won’t continue on as coach, after leading the side to a thrilling 2-1 series win in 2020.
He’s planning to instead focus on his South Sydney Rabbitohs, who are inching closer and closer to Premiership.
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It’s now rumoured that former Cowboys coach Paul Green could take the role.
QRL chairman Bruce Hatcher told NRL.com they have plenty of time to find the right replacement.
“A week or so after Origin Wayne indicated that he wanted to focus on the Rabbitohs.
“He said straight away that he’s always ready to help, and people that think he’s lost his enthusiasm don’t know him.
“But he was very grateful to the Rabbitohs for giving him the opportunity last year and now he wants to focus on 2021 and giving it a big shake this year.
“Now we’ve got our board meeting on January 29 and we’ll have our review of Origin. That review has been completed but is yet to be discussed in any great detail.
“The most important thing to understand is that we will go through a board verified process to make sure we get the right person,” Hatcher told NRL.com.
The 2021 State of Origin series returns to the usual June/July timeslot, after being held across November in 2020 due to COVID.