BACK IN THE FOLD: Broncos chief executive Paul White (left) officially welcomes back Wayne Bennett this week.
BACK IN THE FOLD: Broncos chief executive Paul White (left) officially welcomes back Wayne Bennett this week. AAP

Bennett’s the man to bring back mojo

ON THE first day of January next year, Wayne Bennett turns 65, the 'accepted' retirement age in this country and when Australians - at the moment, anyway - become eligible for the aged pension.

But the new Broncos coach is not contemplating either - not for a while yet, apparently.

He made a number of proclamations when he marched back into Red Hill this week after a six-year absence, one of which was that he intends to stay involved with the Broncos after his coaching career ends.

There is little doubt that since Bennett left, the once-great Broncos have lost their aura. But all is not lost.

This past year the club reached an all-time high of 28,452 members, second only to South Sydney.

And in 2014 the Broncos again attracted the biggest home crowds of all clubs - a feat achieved in all but three of their 26 years in the competition.

Remarkably, this wonderful support has been derived despite finishes of eighth, 12th and 10th in three of the past four years. And that, by Broncos standards, is just not acceptable.

Bennett is not promising overnight miracles, but has vowed to restore the renowned Broncos culture, and to re-establish that once-held aura of invincibility.

And if banter around the taps is a yardstick, Broncos fans are convinced the club's inaugural coach, and godfather, is the man to rekindle that missing mojo.

What particularly interested me about Monday's press conference though was Bennett's message that Red Hill will be his final work place, and when he finishes his coaching stint he will remain involved with the Broncos - in some capacity.

He would make an outstanding board member, and as a talent scout, in a similar role to stalwart Cyril Connell, he would be masterful.

But just imagine, Broncos fans, Wayne Bennett in years to come as coach of the club's development squad.

How valuable would he be, passing on his vast knowledge to 14, 15 and 16 year olds?

And how irresistible would that lure be to budding champions?

I have long been a believer that the very best coach should be teaching those with the most to learn, and at the age when they are the most teachable.

Maybe that evolution is just around the corner, at the Broncos.

Yes, yes, yes

THEY were obviously biting their tongues, but Jonathan Thurston and Paul Green were all class after the Cowboys' third successive controversial exit from the NRL finals. They may have lost the game, but the Cowboys won plenty of fans.

No, no no

RECENTLY deposed John Cartwright not attending the Titans' presentation ball this week signalled a sad end to the seven-year tenure of the club's inaugural coach, and one of the game's really genuine blokes.



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