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Legend waves white flag - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Tue, 05 Feb 2008 13:07:00 GMT
Veteran NRL coach Wayne Bennett will continue coaching somewhere after officially announcing that season 2008 will be his last in charge of the Brisbane Broncos.

The six-time premiership winning guru told his players of his decision before training at Red Hill headquarters on Tuesday morning.

Bennett - who refused to discuss his future - says he will continue in coaching. Where remains the sixty-four dollar question.

Here is the full version of a statement made by the most successful NRL coach of all-time

On December 10 2007 I informed certain members of the Brisbane Broncos Board of my intention to resign at the completion of Season 2008. I was requested to take a 'cooling off period', which I agreed to. If my position had not changed by the end of January 2008 it was agreed that my intentions would be made public after the scheduled Board Meeting on Tuesday February 5.

Last night I officially informed the Board of my resignation.

My time has come - not as a Coach - but as the Coach of the Broncos. The Broncos have always believed it is better for a player to leave a year too early than a year too late. I have always believed there should be no exception, even for the Coach.

I have had a wonderful career at the Broncos. In fact it has been an unbelievable experience.

Firstly, I would like to thank the players I have coached. Our organization has been built on a culture of hard work, mateship and a never say die attitude in all that we do. Because of their attitude to these three principles they have been rewarded many times over. I have always felt supported by the players I was coaching and as a coach who can ask for more? I am deeply indebted to them.

The staff, I have had the privilege of working with were and are the best in their field. They have been outstanding and totally committed to the Broncos. They may not have received the accolades the players received but they helped to set the standard and work ethic that the current players enjoy.

To the original owners, Paul Morgan, Barry Maranta, Gary Balkin and Steve Williams - thank you for the belief and confidence you had in me. We shared the same ideals when it came to building the club, it was the hard way, but it was the only way the club was going to have long term success. Those establishing days were the best and I am so grateful to have been a part of them.

Finally to the fans, you have made my experiences something special. Your support has been at times more than I anticipated, but all the more worthwhile. I have received letters, pats on the back and encouragement - more than I thought was possible. Personally, the years 1992 and 2006 were the happiest the club has seen you all and I feel privileged to have shared them with you.

My intention is to continue to coach - either in the Northern Hemisphere or the Southern Hemisphere. My time has not come to an end as a Coach.

I am currently not in negotiations with any other club. I am as committed to the Broncos as I have always been. I owe that not only to myself, but to the players, the staff and the fans.

At this time my intention is to not make any further comment regarding my future as we at the Broncos have a season in front of us and as always I want the focus to be on the team. My commitment is to the team and that has always been and will always be my first priority.

I ask that this wish is respected.

While Bennett had a contract with the Broncos until the end of 2009, chairman Darryl Somerville said the board accepted Wayne's reasoning for wanting to end the agreement early.

"Wayne has always told us he would know when the time was right for him to exit the club and he advised us last night that he believed that time was at the end of the 2008 season," said Somerville.

"We respect that decision and thank him sincerely for what he has done and achieved for the club, and wish him well in the future."

Managing Director Bruno Cullen said the immediate task for the club now was to concentrate on having a successful year in the 2008 NRL premiership.

"With the season kicking off in just six weeks everyone at the club is determined to make sure we are not distracted from doing our absolute best in this year's premiership," said Cullen. - Read More, Here