‘Not going to happen’: Bennett won’t work with Bellamy
WAYNE Bennett has declared he will never co-coach the Broncos with Craig Bellamy, but admits he has no control over whether Brisbane pushes him out the door or not.
Brisbane has approached Melbourne coach Bellamy about the possibility of moving north to Brisbane in 2019.
But Bennett's contract runs to the end of 2019.
Bellamy was once Bennett's assistant at Red Hill, before moving to the Victorian capital where he has coached the Storm since 2003.
Bennett said on Wednesday he will never coach alongside Bellamy.
"That's not going to happen. That's just not going to happen," he said.
"It's just not practical. It sounds good in theory but it won't work in practice.
"I still want to coach, he wants to coach, what do you do? He takes the backs I'll take the forwards ... what do you do?"
But Bennett did confirmed he endorsed the pursuit of Bellamy.
"I was part of the discussion and I said we'd be silly not to look at Craig who is coming off contract, but the difficulty for him is he'd have to sit out a year and no club's going to sign him for one year."
"I initiated it. I've got to be a bit honest in life. You can't just sit here and think it's all good - and I don't want it unfolding without having some control over it, without me being able to be part of it. I've spent 25 years of my life here."
"I think it will unfold early next year. Next year would be an appropriate time for me. I've got to make sure I'm in good health and all that type of stuff. I'm not getting any sillier with coaching I can tell you - it's a job you continually learn on, and learn at.
"I've been good enough all these years to make sure I haven't taken a position that I know everything, because I don't. I've been improving myself and at this point in my life I've still got a lot to offer. But that's another decision."
Bennett refused to rule out taking up a coaching role at another team and also revealed that the Broncos had held internal discussion about several coaches, including current assistant coach Jason Demetriou and Queensland coach Kevin Walters.
"I will at the end of the day (consider coaching another club). I don't want to, but if that happens then I will consider," he said.
"I've already had a couple of offers, so it's not that the door's closed on me. It's not.
"As I said, I want to stay here, I want to work here but I also want to do the right thing by this club."