OFFICIAL: Wayne Bennett To Join The South Sydney Rabbitohs


OFFICIAL: Wayne Bennett To Join The South Sydney Rabbitohs AAP

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have today announced Wayne Bennett will join the club as their head-coach. 

The two-year-deal is set to begin in 2020.  

"Wayne is one of the best, if the not the best, Rugby League coaches of all time and we are excited to see what he can bring to our Club," said Rabbitohs General Manager of Football, Shane Richardson. 

"His football record is second-to-none and his reputation as a leader is also of the highest order.

"Here he will have the opportunity to work with some of the best senior and up-and-coming talent in the game, which from our discussions over the past few weeks I know he is excited about.

"He will also have the opportunity to work as a Head Coach with a strong coaching, football and administration staff around him that are all pushing in the one direction, The Rabbitoh Way.

"Anthony (Seibold) has done a great job at our Club over the past two years however his hesitance to extend his contract with us, an offer which has been on the table since June, led the Club to explore other options.

"We're looking forward to Wayne becoming a Rabbitoh in 12 months' time and we wish him the best of luck with the England team in their current Test series with the Kiwis.

"Now we can look forward to Season 2019 with the aim of improving our performance on the 2018 season."

Bennett, himself, is looking forward to the challenge. 

 "I'm truly humbled by the opportunity to coach the South Sydney Rabbitohs," Bennett told the club's website.

"Souths is one of the iconic clubs in the game. I didn't think I would get this opportunity, but that opportunity has now come for 2020 and 2021.

"I'm really grateful for the chance to be part of the Club and I'm looking forward to being part of The Rabbitoh Way.

"I've always respected South Sydney and its 30,000 Members, I'm really looking forward to being part of the Rabbitohs family, and I can assure the Members that I will do my very best for the Club."

However, with current Rabbitohs coach Anthony Seibold set to take the reigns at the Broncos, we could see a straight swap in time for the start of the 2019 season.