The state of affairs leaves the Rabbitohs gamers in an invidious state of affairs. Playmaker Cody Walker and rising star Braidon Burns, company on the Nationwide Dreamtime Awards organised by No Restrict Administration chief govt Matt Rose at The Star on Friday evening, hoped a definitive name would quickly be made to resolve the matter.
“I’m undecided what’s happening, to be trustworthy; there’s some uncertainty,” Walker stated.
“The faster it will get resolved the higher it’s for everybody concerned.
“If it’s going to remain the way in which it’s, it should keep the way in which it’s. If it’s going to occur, it’s going to occur.
“As gamers we’re skilled sufficient to get on with the job whoever is teaching us. It’s our job to play footy and get on the market and have a crack.”
Burns, who has made 15 NRL appearances since making his debut in 2017, added: “Yeah, lots of the boys simply need it sorted.
“Clearly Wayne signed for the 2 years after. The faster it’s sorted, the higher.
“Seibs and the efficiency workers have set out a program for the entire pre-season and it’s all fairly detailed. Whether or not Wayne is available in or Seibs stays, we’ve got an in depth program we will comply with both method.
“We all know what we’re doing, it received’t change a lot for us so far as pre-season. The teaching can be a bit completely different if Wayne did are available.”
Walker got here inside a whisker of becoming a member of Bennett at Brisbane two years in the past. The seven-time premiership-winning coach tried to lure pivot on a two-year deal and the pair met to debate the potential switch. Simply as he was about to signal, then-Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire countered with a three-year deal.
A philosophical Walker believes Souths will likely be in a robust place no matter whether or not Bennett arrives this pre-season or subsequent.
“It leaves a special kind of feeling in my stomach,” Walker stated.
“I’ve had an excellent yr beneath Seibs, as have all the opposite gamers within the squad, and I practically went to Brisbane two years in the past.
“It appealed to myself and my companion to go to Brisbane, however when Souths got here to the social gathering with an additional yr, the choice was fairly straightforward in the long run.
“I’ve discovered a house at Souths and I actually benefit from the membership.
“[Bennett] is an excellent coach; that’s proven within the quantity of premierships he’s received.
“He’s in all probability essentially the most profitable coach. They’ve signed an excellent coach in Wayne Bennett.
“No matter occurs, occurs, we’ll simply get on with the job.”
Adrian Proszenko is the Chief Rugby League Reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald.