Wayne Bennett's availability a worry for Griffin
UNDER-pressure Broncos mentor Anthony Griffin will be looking over his shoulder as the man who delivered the club's six premierships weighs up his coaching future.
Former Brisbane CEO Bruno Cullen says Wayne Bennett would be welcomed back to Red Hill as the waning NRL superpower attempts to break the longest premiership drought in club history.
Speculation about Bennett's future erupted on Thursday after the seven-time premiership-winning coach confirmed he was leaving the Knights at season's end after the club reneged on the terms of the final year of his multi-million dollar contract.
The Dragons have tabled a three-year offer worth more than $3 million but Cullen, who was on the Coast yesterday, believes Bennett is still a chance to return to Brisbane as the former NRL glamour club searches for its first premiership in eight years.
"The Broncos would have him and he is an icon there and the only premierships they won, he has won for them as a coach," Cullen said.
"I guess the Broncos are always going to be an option and he had been there from day one."
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A Bennett homecoming would see the departure of Griffin, who is contracted to the club until the end of next year but delivered the worst season in club history last season.
The Broncos have improved this year, sitting in sixth place with eight wins and seven losses, but Griffin, who is known as Hook, remains under pressure to prove he can deliver Brisbane's seventh premiership.
Bennett's Knights are wooden spoon contenders with only four wins from 15 appearances, but the 64-year-old remains the most respected mentor in the game.
His seven premiership wins are unrivalled in the modern era and his services will be sought after by a number of clubs looking to bolster their premiership credentials.
"I don't know what his intentions are but to make the announcement has given Newcastle plenty of time to work out what they want to do now," Cullen said.
"It might indicate that he might have an idea about what he wants to do and where he wants to go.
"There is a new administration at the Broncos now but you never say never."