Wayne Bennett says the Brisbane Broncos “were not in the equation” before the club made contact with him.
Wayne Bennett says he never expected a return to the Brisbane Broncos until the club’s board contacted him.
The Broncos yesterday confirmed Bennett would replace current coach Anthony Griffin next season.
The veteran coach has been offered a three-year deal believed to be worth £2.2 million and will join after stints with St. George Illwarra and Newcastle Knights since leaving the Broncos in 2008.
In a statement released by the Newcastle Knights, Bennett said he never expected to return to Brisbane after being offered a number of coaching roles.
“As I was deciding on my future, the Brisbane Broncos weren’t in the equation until the board recently contacted me,” Bennett said.
“I never thought I would be presented with the opportunity to return home and I appreciate the confidence the board and owners have shown in me.
“I am also extremely humbled by the coaching offers I received.
“There has been much speculation and untruths written since I announced I was departing the Newcastle Knights.”
Bennett added that he would not be making further comment in relation to his future with the Broncos until the conclusion of the 2014 season.