Cow­boys not chas­ing Bennett as Bron­cos take se­ri­ous pur­suit

Townsville Bulletin - - Rugby League -

>> From back page South­ern me­dia re­vis­ited the 2008 saga last year to place fur­ther stress on a club al­ready un­der enor­mous pres­sure.

On the lat­est de­vel­op­ment sur­round­ing Bennett, Bris­bane chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul White con­firmed the Bron­cos had spo­ken to the re­spected men­tor about his plans for 2012.

While there is lit­tle doubt head­ing ‘‘ home’’ to Bris­bane would ap­peal to Bennett, Tin­kler’s mil­lions and the chal­lenge of tak­ing on the strug­gling Knights would also be tempt­ing.

With the Cow­boys and South Syd­ney be­lieved to be out of the race for the sev­en­time pre­mier­ship win­ner, Bennett is likely to end up at ei­ther the Bron­cos or New­cas­tle.

With ei­ther des­ti­na­tion likely to be the last stop in what has been a won­der­ful coach­ing ca­reer, Bennett would be keen to en­sure which­ever club did land him would be in po­si­tion to make a gen­uine chal­lenge for the ti­tle in the near fu­ture.

With Dragons full­back Dar­ius Boyd likely to fol­low him, Bennett would be en­sured of at least one top-line re­cruit.

Tin­kler has al­ready stated his de­sire to sign the likes of NSW Ori­gin rep­re­sen­ta­tives Kade Snow­den and Ja­mal Idris should he get over the line.

But Bennett’s pulling power and Dar­ren Lock­yer’s im­pend­ing re­tire­ment would no doubt leave the Bron­cos in po­si­tion to strengthen their squad, with play­ers will­ing to ac­cept less money to play un­der the su­per­coach.

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