The rumour mill is swirling and it is time to do some stirring and rumour has it that Craig Bellamy might be in line to take the reins of the Brisbane Broncos from Wayne Bennett.
Bennett gave Bellamy his first job as an assistant coach in the NRL 20 years ago, according to Peter Badel of the Courier Mail.
Bellamy is out-of-contract with the Melbourne Storm at the end of the 2018 Telstra NRL competition and it would be reasonable to say that he could have his choice of clubs, given what he has accomplished of late with the Storm.
Bennett still has a year to go on his deal with the Broncos, but he is on the hot seat, as the Broncos have underachieved this season and even though they have been consistent for a number of years under Bennett’s tenure, the “Yeah, but what have you done for me lately?” syndrome is growing stronger in the NRL all the time.
There are several scenarios that could fit, but Paul Kent of NRL 360 believes that the Broncos may retain Bennett through the end of his contract in 2019, and then bring in someone new to replace him.
“It’s been going around the game for some weeks now, and it makes sense,” Kent said.“Wayne is on his way out of the Broncos, whether Wayne knows about it or approves of it — and the Broncos are looking, we already know they’ve had a dip at Paul Green and missed out there.“Craig Bellamy is a career coach, he can come in and take over the joint for the next 10 years and that’s what appeals to the Broncos.”
Bellamy is from Portland, NSW, so there is no direct geographical connection in the picture and nothing to suggest that he is unhappy in Melbourne, but he is of the perfect age and level of accomplishment to look for a long-term deal with a well-stuffed pay packet to take him toward the end of his coaching term in the NRL.
So long as he is not viewed as culpable for the two premierships stripped from the Storm for salary cap breaches, he should be golden.