No Bennett succession plan: Broncos CEO


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    Talk of a Wayne Bennett succession plan is news to Brisbane CEO Paul White.

    The Broncos boss has laughed off speculation the NRL heavyweights are planning life after Bennett after a report they had approached North Queensland mentor Paul Green.

    Bennett’s Broncos deal expires at the end of 2019 and a long-time Brisbane third-party representative reportedly had sounded out the off-contract Green about filling the master coach’s shoes.

    But White believed it was premature to talk about re-signing the 68-year-old Bennett, saying the seven-time premiership coach would know when the time was right.

    “He has two more years to run – it’s a bit premature,” White said.

    “I speak to Wayne every day.

    “You have to understand I have known Wayne since I was 18-years-old (and) he will know when the time is right, and the time is not right yet.

    “We are on the verge of a new season, he is ready to go and I am 100 per cent behind him.”

    Asked about the succession plan report, White said: “Was I quoted in that story? – no.

    “Wayne Bennett is our coach, full stop.

    “If you want an explanation mark to that sentence, there are six premierships out there and he has delivered all of them – I would say that is a fair CV.

    “There is no talk from me (about a succession plan).

    “I work side by side with him. He is a our coach, full stop.”

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