Ben­nett sent pack­ing in sur­prise Syd­ney swap?

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

NRL: Bris­bane Bron­cos su­per­coach Wayne Ben­nett has re­port­edly been shopped to the Wests Tigers as a pos­si­ble re­place­ment for Ivan Cleary.

The seven-time premier­ship win­ner has been qui­etly of­fered to the Tigers af­ter be­ing told 2019 would be his last year in Bris­bane.

Cleary is un­der con­tract at the Tigers un­til 2020 but the prospect of sign­ing Ben­nett may mean they de­cide to cut ties fol­low­ing the 2019 sea­son, al­low­ing him to link up with his son Nathan at Pen­rith af­ter be­ing of­fered a lu­cra­tive deal to re­turn to the Pan­thers as head coach.

In­ter­est­ingly, Cleary and Ben­nett are man­aged by the same com­pany - SFX Sports.

Michael Maguire has been linked with a move to the Bron­cos to re­place Ben­nett af­ter the 2019 sea­son.

The Bron­cos have also been linked to Souths coach An­thony Sei­bold, who last week re­ceived the Dally M Coach of the Year gong and is about to en­ter the fi­nal year of his Rab­bitohs deal.

Sign­ing Ben­nett would be a sig­nif­i­cant coup by the Tigers de­spite the Bron­cos crash­ing out in week one of the fi­nals in a mas­sive up­set by St Ge­orge Illawarra.

De­spite be­ing on the verge of turn­ing 70 and hav­ing been coach­ing for over 30 years at the top level, Ben­nett has re­peat­edly in­sisted that he’s not ready to re­tire just yet.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

WHERE TO? Bris­bane Bron­cos coach Wayne Ben­nett has found him­self un­der siege this week.

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