The much speculated coaching switch for 2019 season between South Sydney and Brisbane for incoming coaches Anthony Seibold and Wayne Bennett is expected to happen within the coming days.
Rabbitohs head of football Shane Richardson has flown to the United Kingdom to speak with England coach Wayne Bennett as he prepares to face New Zealand this weekend, with the aim of convincing Wayne Bennett to agree to move to Redfern 12 months earlier then his agreed contract for 2020.
If Richardson is successful in convincing Bennett to make the move for the 2019 season, this would then in return free up Seibold to make his move north to Brisbane, something that is understood the Broncos powers to be would much prefer also.
Bennett signed a two-year deal to coach the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2020 and 2021 season. The 68-year-old coached Brisbane between 1988 and 2008, and again from 2015 onwards.
Rabbitohs General Manager Shane Richardson was delighted that his club had locked in Bennett, whom he described as an all-time great in the coaching ranks.
“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 in the statement.
“His football record is second-to-none and his reputation as a leader is also of the highest order.
“We’re looking forward to Wayne becoming a Rabbitoh in 12 months’ time and we wish him the best of luck with the England team in their current Test series with the Kiwis.
“Now we can look forward to season 2019 with the aim of improving our performance on the 2018 season.”