Buck­ing the Bron­cos

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Wayne Ben­nett’s first press con­fer­ence as South Syd­ney coach after he was sacked by Bris­bane dur­ing the great coach­ing swa­pa­roo saga with An­thony Sei­bold fea­tured a few Ben­nett gems that are worth re­peat­ing here:

On his Rab­bitohs’ wel­come: “Sam [Burgess] gave me a cud­dle. I'm sorry Tom and Ge­orge weren't here. They'd have cud­dled me, too.”

On be­ing sacked via voice­mail by the Bron­cos: “I'm not here to talk about that again. That can wait for an­other day. I'm pleased to be here and I'm pleased I came here on my terms in that I was asked to leave, sacked, what­ever ter­mi­nol­ogy you want to use. I've got a clear con­science.”

On how he left his play­ers in Bris­bane: “You don't get the chance to say good­bye to any­body when they sack you and they tell you not to come back into the build­ing. But that's all fine. We'll all get over it.”

On his emo­tions about leav­ing the Bron­cos after 25 sea­sons and six pre­mier­ships: “Do I look heart­bro­ken?”

On work­ing with the Syd­ney me­dia: “I can't wait. It will be the high­light of my time here. I'll go to bed at night wait­ing 'til I see you the next morn­ing.”

On whether this would be his last coach­ing gig: “I'll only be 72 . . . in the prime of my life, so I don't think so.”

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