Bennett denies Origin role

24 October 2021 14:56:51 CET

Wayne Bennett says he has not been approached by the QRL to help mentor rookie Queensland State of Origin coach Billy Slater in 2022.

Bennett has just been appointed the new head coach of the Dolphins, who will enter the NRL for the first time in 2023 but there have been rumours regards him helping out Slater in the meantime.

New era

Slater is the new coach of the Maroons, replacing Paul Green, who moved on after they lost the 2021 series 2-1 against New South Wales.

The former Melbourne Storm ace will set about putting his backroom team together and there had been talk of Bennett being one of his assistants.

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With the Dolphins not entering the NRL for another 12 months, there is the possibility Bennett could have the time.

However he has not been approached and was in no mood to comment.

"No-one has spoken to me about that, at all," Bennett said when quizzed about the rumour. "I haven't been approached, so I'm not going to comment."

Established club

Bennett was the first head coach of foundation club the Brisbane Broncos back in 1988 and guided them to their first premiership five years last.

But he insists the two situations are different as the Dolphins have been established in Redcliffe for some time.

"This is an established club and I recognise that, it's my job to come in here and work within this framework," Bennett added.

"When we started in 1988 at the Broncos, we had no club, we had no ground, we had virtually nothing.

"But it's a wonderful facility here. Extremely well run, very successful so it's a different context. Job's still the same but a different context."

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