Bennett open to Origin role
Wayne Bennett has insisted it would not be an issue juggling coaching responsibilities if he was offered the chance to work with the Queensland Origin side.
The South Sydney coach has been heavily linked with the role should Kevin Walters leave to take charge of the Brisbane Broncos, and he does not see any issues with doing both.
Walters himself could be offered the chance to coach Queensland and the Broncos, but due to the size of the task he faces at club level, it is thought he would turn it down.
However, Bennett would not have as many distractions and if the position was vacant, he says he would be keen.
"Bruce [Hatcher, QRL chair] made a statement about three weeks ago which I didn't know anything about so I gave him a quick phone call. It's not something I'm going to have difficulty with," Bennett said.
"As long as Kevin's got the job I'm not trying to take his job off him. If they make another decision at the QRL and I get on the shortlist I'm happy to be there."
When quizzed about any issues coaching both the Rabbitohs and Queensland, Bennett insisted there would be none.
The season will soon be over and that will give him the time to focus on both jobs.
"Why would it be an issue?" he said. "In my opinion, that's one of the biggest mistakes they've made in football over a long period of time.
"You want the best players in the team and you want the best coaches available coaching. If the best coaches are available that's what you want."
The Rabbitohs are priced at 16.00 to win the grand final.
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