Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
For the first time in seven years the South Sydney Rabbitohs have qualified for the NRL Grand Final, and many of their fans will be glad that they did not have to wait 43 years between appearances on the big stage again.
One of, if not the driving force behind South Sydney these past few seasons leading up to this moment has been their coach Wayne Bennett, who is headed to his tenth NRL Grand Final and has now done so with his fourth club.
When talking about his relationship with the Rabbitohs and how he got to the Bunnies in his press conference over Manly last night, he took the opportunity to make a bold claim about one of the other three clubs he has taken to a Grand Final, the Brisbane Broncos.
“Well that was a huge thing and I will say publicly that they (Broncos) undermined me in the conversations with Souths,” Bennett said.
“So they didn’t do a little job on me, they did the best possible job they could have done on me.
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“But to Souths’ credit there were some people there that had worked with me before and they were happy to bite the bullet and give me the opportunity.
“I owe Russell Crowe and hopefully tonight there is some repayment in what the team has done that means so much to him.
“And the chairman Nick Pappas as well has been wonderful and all the board so I have had tremendous support there and it has been refreshing, to be honest.
“The last three years have been as refreshing a three years as I have had in coaching for a long time.”
Bennett’s time at the Rabbitohs will be up at the end of 2021, with Jason Demetriou to take over next season, a plan that has been in place and public since Bennett joined South Sydney in 2019.
His next move will most likely be to become the head coach at the NRL’s new Brisbane based franchise, with said franchise to be announced by the NRL after the Grand Final, with many under the impression that Bennett will be present at the announcement to reveal himself to be either the Brisbane Jets, Firehawks or Dolphins head coach.