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Bennett replaces Brownie - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Tue, 01 Apr 2008 16:00:00 GMT
It’s official. The man who masterminded the downfall of St George in two grand finals, Wayne Bennett, has been appointed head coach for three-years from 2009.
Bennett – who has won six premierships during his 20-year tenure with the Brisbane Broncos – will replace outgoing coach Nathan Brown who is reportedly being offered a position believed to be that of assistant coach.
“It is a great honour for me to be appointed as the head coach of the St George Illawarra Dragons, they are one of the great clubs and brands of the NRL with a rich history and tradition,” said Bennett.
“I advised the Broncos this morning of my decision, I won’t be making any appointments at the Dragons until later in the year and I won’t be making any further comment until the completion of the 2008 season for both the Broncos and the Dragons,” added Bennett.
“Whilst respectful of the contributions and achievements of Nathan as head coach for the past six years, the Board decided that it would be time for a change at the end of this season,” said Dragons CEO Peter Doust.
Nathan Brown, while disappointed at missing out on an extension of his contract, accepted the decision.
“I would have loved to have had my contract extended here at the Dragons, but I understand and accept the decision,” Brown said.
“Coaches with the experience and success of Wayne Bennett don’t come around very often.”
Brown vowed to coaching in 2009 and beyond.
“I intend to continue coaching, I have always said that I want to be a career coach and at 34 I believe that I have many more years ahead of me.”
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