Pressure is on Bennett
BRONCOS legends believe Wayne Bennett has lost his aura and is under mounting pressure to break the longest premiership drought in Brisbane’s history.
Brisbane foundation prop Greg Dowling claims Ben Hunt’s signing with the Dragons and Jarrod Wallace’s departure to the Titans is evidence Bennett has lost his pulling power.
Bennett returned to Australia on Monday night refusing to discuss Brisbane’s shock 27-18 loss to Warrington in the World Club Series.
It has been 11 years since Bennett delivered Brisbane’s most recent title in 2006 and former Maroons enforcer Dowling says the 67-year-old is struggling.
“It’s a different ball game for Wayne – his and the Broncos’ aura has gone,” Dowling said.
“When you have a young player like Ben Hunt who leaves the club, you have to wonder if he’s lost his aura.
“Once upon a time, players stayed at the Broncos for less money just to be coached by Wayne. Now that’s not happening.
“Wayne is getting older and he has bigger issues than he may have thought. The Broncos will struggle this year.”