South Sydney CEO Blake Solly has revealed some of the “extremely personal” attacks that outgoing coach Wayne Bennett endured from members of the Broncos before joining Rabbitohs.
While the Rabbitohs fell short by two points against the Panthers during last weekend’s grand final, much of the build-up was centered around the legendary coach who was controversially released by the Broncos at the end of the 2018 season before joining South Sydney.
In the run-up to the grand finale, Bennett did not state what was being done, but claimed that the Broncos were trying to “undermine” his move from Red Hill to Redfern.
“I want to say publicly, they (Brisbane) undermined me in their conversations with the Souths. They did not do a small job with me, they did the best job they could at all,” Bennett said after South Sydney’s preliminary final victory.
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Speaking to Nine and The Sydney Morning Herald’s Danny Weidler, Solly claimed that some members of the Broncos informed South Sydney that the then 68-year-old Bennett required a bed in his office to sleep during the day.
It is understood that the bed was for Bennett’s disabled son, Justin, who at the time was unable to sleep at night due to the medication he was taking.
“Some of the attacks, especially before Wayne joined us, were extremely personal and drive, I think, from individuals in the game or on the Broncos at the time to discredit Wayne,” Solly told Sydney Morning Herald.
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“One [rumour] especially around the bed in the office was just not right. He bought the bed in Justin’s office when he attended training.
“Wayne is extraordinary with him (Justin), and getting something done to make Justin’s life comfortable turned against him was pretty cruel.”
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