Thurston: Bennett’s earned the right to choose
JOHNATHAN Thurston believes Wayne Bennett has to be the one to decide whether he stays or goes from Brisbane next year, as the club chase their elusive seventh premiership.
The Broncos returned to pre-season training last week following a busy off-season in which Bennett signed with South Sydney for 2020.
Brisbane meanwhile locked in Rabbitohs mentor Anthony Seibold for the same season, with both coaches to stay with their current clubs in 2019.
However, speculation has been rife there could be an earlier swap with South Sydney reportedly unhappy with Seibold.
And Thurston believes if a change does happen ahead of season 2019, it has to be Bennett's call, not that of the Broncos club.
He said the premiership-winning coach deserves the opportunity to make his own decision.
"There's no one that has done more for that club than what Wayne has done," Thurston said of the Broncos.
"Hopefully he has the final say in what he wants to do and he gets to go out on his terms."
Thurston also believes the Broncos will be strong contenders for the premiership next year and will not only be boosted if Bennett stays but if their halves manage to click.
Anthony Milford and Kodi Nikorima showed plenty of promising signs towards the end of the 2018 season and Thurston said they could deliver grand final glory if they can get their combinations and kicking game right.
"They've had that same roster for the last couple of years," Thurston said.
"The halves are the key to the Broncos. When the Broncos were playing great this year, it was off the back of Nikorima and Milf's kicking game.
"Their forwards and outside backs were able to build off the back of that. Hopefully that's an aspect of their game they can continue to work on."