I reckon Thursday night’s clash between the Broncos and Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium will be a fascinating look into the future...
South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds has already signed to play for Brisbane next season, and out-of-favour reserve Jaydn Su’A is reportedly keen to follow him.
There is little doubt that Reynolds will make a massive difference to the struggling Broncos, and Queensland Origin player Su’A could be a more than useful addition to the Brisbane pack. Watching Reynolds in action and imagining him and Su’A in Broncos’ jerseys next year will be a bonus for local fans, but there is also another huge name in the Rabbitohs’ ranks who is still looking for a club for next season – and that’s Wayne Bennett.
When the Broncos failed in their bid to lure Storm coach Craig Bellamy from Melbourne, there was some talk that Bennett should be offered the role of head of football operations instead. There is probably still too much residual tension following Bennett’s sacking by the club in 2018 for that to happen, but he has made no secret of the fact that he is open to offers from whoever wins the bid to become Queensland’s fourth club.
A win on Thursday night would do the 71-year-old’s employment prospects no harm as he strives to prove that he still has what it takes to keep pace with a rapidly evolving game. While South Sydney and Brisbane sit at opposite ends of the NRL ladder, achieving the two points might not be as easy for Bennett as it seems.
Surprisingly, Bennett-coached teams have a less than stellar record against the Broncos. In fact, in 18 matches against his old club with the Dragons, Knights and Rabbitohs, the six-time premiership winning coach has a record of just seven wins, 10 losses and one draw.
Last year the Broncos won just three matches, and one of them was against the Bennett-coached Rabbitohs. Kevin Walters’ side is sitting on three wins going into Thursday night’s showdown against the team coached by the man who sacked him as an assistant in 2005. I reckon Kevvie would like nothing better than getting one up against his former mentor on Thursday night.
What do YOU reckon?
AGREE: Bring Bennett back to the Broncos. He should never have been sacked in the first place. He’s the man to help Kevvie get the club back to where it belongs.
DISAGREE: Bennett has had his day. If the new club wants him, let it have him. The Broncos should forget the past and concentrate on the future.