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Burgess sure Seibold can succeed at Souths in 2019

England prop Tom Burgess has faith in Anthony Seibold delivering success to South Sydney next season even if a coaching swap with Brisbane's Wayne Bennett does not happen in 2019, placing each club in a tricky situation.

The coaching merry-go-round came to an end on Tuesday with Seibold confirmed as Bennett's replacement and Broncos coach from 2020, prompting calls for the pair to swap ahead of next season.

Bennett signalled his intentions last week to remain at the Broncos in 2019 before moving to Redfern.

Burgess believes the players will not be affected whichever way the scenario plays out.

"It's a delicate situation with everything going on but whatever way it happens is going to be all right," Burgess told in Manchester on Thursday.

"You see players sign for teams before the end of the season. An example is Angus Crichton, he signed with the Roosters and still gave us his all and wanted to win just as much.

"At the moment they're still in their positions. If Seibs is with us next year he'll give his all wanting to win. It's the same with Wayne at the Broncos, it's all about your legacy and you don't want to be known for anything else.

Wayne Bennett at England training last November.
Wayne Bennett at England training last November. ©NRL Photos

"Whatever happens next year it happens, we at Souths won't think too far ahead as a footy side."

Despite touring with Bennett in the United Kingdom as part of England's three-Test series, Burgess said the premiership-winning coach kept his next career move close to his chest.

"He's a funny character, getting a bit cynical in his old age," Burgess grinned.

"You know what you like at 68. It was a surprise but I'm really excited to have Wayne at the Rabbitohs and he'll fit in well.

"I've spoken to Anthony Seibold and he's done what's best for himself and family. I don't think anyone has any qualms about that. I still see him as a good friend."

Bennett has lifted England to new heights since taking over as national coach in 2016. Burgess said it was Bennett's experience and calmness that was rubbing off on the players.

"He's probably bought a good mentality towards games and what it takes to win and be successful," Burgess said.

"He doesn't focus on results and what the score says. He's more about how you played and feel what effort you gave.

"If you gave your best he's happy with that. He's strong-minded and has brought that into camp.

"It's not all serious and you need that when you're away from your families. It's not easy for everyone and he keeps you sane."

England can wrap up the series with a victory against New Zealand at Anfield on Sunday.

Burgess warned the side could ill-afford to let the occasion of playing at the iconic venue for the first time overshadow their performance.

It's a delicate situation with everything going on.

Tom Burgess

"It's great we're able to play these games at big stadiums," Burgess said.

"We want to try and as many people to Anfield and watch the game and support England especially people who may not usually watch rugby league want to watch sport because of the stadium.

"But we also have a job to do and need to treat it like any other game."

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