NRL Podcast: Time to rethink coaching contract rules

Brisbane legend Steve Renouf has called on the NRL to bring in stringent new laws that make contract rules the same for coaches as they are for players.

Renouf calls for the change on this week's NRL Podcast in the wake of the sacking of Anthony Griffin by the Panthers board and Penrith's approach to Ivan Cleary to coach the club despite the Wests Tigers mentor not being off contract until the end of 2020.

Renouf reflects on the rule that would prevent a player off contract at the end of 2020 from being recruited by another club until November 1 of 2019 without their permission, and says there should be a similar rule for coaches.

"The NRL really need to look at it and change that rule," Renouf said.

"What is there for the players should be there for the coaches because they have just as much effect on anything that is happening in clubs. This involves clubs, not just one club."

In the podcast Renouf also speaks about why he believes the Titans should look at recruiting Wayne Bennett and analyses the topsy turvy form of the Broncos in recent weeks. He pays tribute to a rare quality possessed by Sam Thaiday on the cusp of his 300th NRL game and outlines why Melbourne star Billy Slater has made the right call in retiring at the top of his game.

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