Bennett signs Broncos extension


Wayne Bennett has signed a two-year contract extension with Brisbane Broncos.

The 66-year-old signed a two-year contract to take over as England head coach in February and has now agreed a deal that is set to see him end his club career with the Broncos.

Bennett, who has won a record seven NRL titles during his illustrious coaching career, on Thursday revealed that he was eager to end any speculation over his future as he targets further honours.

"I thought it was important we got it sorted and the club did too," said Broncos coach Bennett, who returned to the club for the 2015 NRL season after leaving Newcastle Knights.

"That way everyone knows where they are going. There are always players going on and coming off contract.

"So everybody knows what is going on now."

News of Bennett's new deal is a major tonic for the Broncos as they prepare for a Grand Final rematch with North Queensland Cowboys on Friday following last year's agonising golden-point 17-16 defeat in the end-of-season showpiece.

Bennett expects a response from his players when they take on the defending champions at Suncorp Stadium after a 23-22 defeat to Penrith Panthers last weekend.

"They would have been focused anyway because they know the team they are playing is quality," he said.

"That loss doesn't hurt us if we play well tomorrow [Friday] night and bounce back with a win."