Bennett returns to Broncos hot seat
Wayne Bennett has returned to the position he calls "the most pressured job in rugby league" as the master coach fronted the press in Broncos colours for the first time since 2008 on Monday.
Brisbane's messiah returns to Red Hill after a six-year stint coaching both the Dragons and Knights and is looking to turn the underperforming Broncos back into a premiership force.
The seven-time premiership coach spoke to the media for the first time since the club announced his return in July, and discussed his delight of returning and his plans for 2015 and beyond.
"I'm very pleased to be here, I never thought the opportunity to come here wouldn’t happen but it has," Bennett said.
"I've been at two clubs since I've been away and one thing I've learnt that really sticks with me – it's that this is the most pressured job in rugby league, coaching at the Broncos.
"There's an expectation that goes with this club so I've come back here with my eyes wide open to realise that. It's a challenge and it's one that I'm up for and one that I want to meet.
"The other two clubs I was at (Dragons and Knights), they had their challenging moments, but I never felt the pressure there that I always did at the Broncos."
Bennett also declared that his three-year reappointment with the club he coached to six premierships will be his last coaching role, stating that he'll know when the time is right to quit.
"It is my intention not to leave this club now," Bennett said.
"I am back and I am back to stay. I've spent 21 years here which is almost one-third of my life, so when my coaching time has finished I will always be involved with this club, nothing has changed in regards to that.
"By the time my coaching time is finished – and no-one will know that more than me – I won’t stay one day longer than I should.
"I will always be involved with this club and it is not my intention to coach anywhere else or become involved with any other club."
In true Wayne Bennett fashion, he refused to divulge too much information about the make-up of his squad for 2015, but did declare that he plans to do away with the co-captain system of Corey Parker and Justin Hodges that was implemented at the beginning of the 2014 season by former coach Anthony Griffin.
"I've made no decision on [the captaincy] yet but there will be no co-captains," he said.
The 64-year-old also refused to rule out rumours linking Darius Boyd and Russell Packer to the club, while out-of-contract prop Ben Hannant is yet to be re-signed.
If Boyd does return to the Broncos, he would do so as Brisbane's first-choice fullback.
"I can't answer that for you. I'd love to see [Boyd and Packer] both playing here. Obviously Darius is still in recovery [from depression] and Russell's future is in the hands of the game (NRL)," he said.
"[Josh Hoffman, Anthony Milford and Ben Barba] all bring different things but Darius Boyd is the best [fullback] of them all. His reputation and his form since he's been away for the past six years has been outstanding."
Meanwhile CEO Paul White spoke about one of the biggest additions in the club's 27-year history in Bennett.
"I think his signing is enormously important. I think we are building towards something and we've still got a lot of work in front of us – there's no one trying to rose-colour that.
"Our preparations for 2015 are well underway."