Wayne Bennett revealed who is ahead in the Dolphins captaincy, while the veteran coach also gave a big clue about his future: «Don’t delete me.»
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs continue to make moves to rediscover their DNA when a member of the 2004 premiership team returns to the club in a mentoring role.
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Wayne Bennett revealed that veteran prop Jesse Bromwich is one of the «two or three people» he is considering to become the Dolphins’ inaugural captain.
While the Dolphins missed several key goals, including Cameron Munster, Kalyn Ponga and Brandon Smith, Bennett managed to put together a pack of strikers with plenty of experience.
The Bromwich brothers and Felise Kaufusi joined the expansion club from Storm, while Jarrod Wallace made the transition from the Titans and Mark Nicholls from the Rabbitohs.
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Bennett saidNews Inc. that Jesse, the eldest of two brothers, was one of the frontrunners for the captaincy.
«There are two or three guys I’m looking at for the captaincy,» he said.
«I haven’t made a final decision on this yet, it’s still in my head, but as a captain, Jesse Bromwich will be in the grand final.»
«He was captain in Melbourne and won premierships, he’s been a great front rower and leader for a long time.»
The 33-year-old has 295 NRL matches and has represented New Zealand 34 times. He has won three premierships with Storm and has been co-captain of the club for the past two seasons.
Meanwhile, Bennett acknowledged that the Dolphins won’t be successful overnight and said, «It will take a few seasons to fix ourselves.»
«I went through that with the Broncos. It took us five years to win our first prime ministership,» he added.
«There was no time frame then, and there is no time frame now.»
Bennett will coach the Dolphins for the first two seasons before moving on to assistant Kristian Woolf.
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Considering the veteran coach will be 75 years old when the 2025 NRL season arrives, it was expected that he would close the board after his Dolphins stint.
But remarkably, he suggested that he could coach.
«Don’t talk to me about retirement,» Bennett said.
“If you talk to me about retirement, you do it at your own risk.
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«I’m not talking about retirement. I’m talking about working for two years and who knows what happens next.
“I went to South Sydney on a three-year deal and spent three years here.
«But I kept coaching, now I’m at the Dolphins, so don’t start talking about retirement, because that might bite you in the ass.
“If Kristian had been a younger manager, I would actually have stayed there for three or four years, but he is coming for the right reasons and I don’t want to hold back Kristian. He deserves his chance.
«Anything can happen. I really don’t know what my next role will be.
“I am not in retirement. I don’t know how I will feel in two years. But I’m going to finish these two years and see what happens after that.
«Just don’t delete me, okay? I can’t give you a better tip than that.»
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GOING BACK TO THE OLD BULLDOG CLUB
Roy Asotasi returns to the Bulldogs, the club with which he won the 2004 NRL premiership.
By WWOSAsotasi joined the Bulldogs team part-time in a mentoring role.
The former New Zealand captain first joined the club as a player in 2002, and the Bulldogs played 84 games during his tenure.
After his time with dogs, Asotasi moved to the Rabbitohs, where he became co-captain of the club and held the title until his departure after the 2013 season.
“He said he wanted to mentor kids on our academy program.
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