Wayne Bennett named inaugural coach of NRL’s new Dolphins, signing four-year deal

Wayne Bennett has officially been confirmed as The Dolphins head coach and will lead the Redcliffe-based team into their inaugural NRL season in 2023 after signing a four-year deal.

Bennett has won seven NRL premierships during his time with the Brisbane Broncos and St George Illawarra, and is coming off a losing grand final with South Sydney in 2021.

He was the inaugural coach at the Broncos in 1988, a role he will now reprise up the road in Redcliffe.

“I feel very privileged actually,” Bennett said.

“At the start of the season, I had no idea this would happen, none at all, whatsoever.

“It’s been quite a journey and I’m pleased to be back in Brisbane, I’m pleased to be here.”

The Dolphins — whose full name is yet to be determined — were announced as the NRL’s 17th club earlier this month and will formally enter the competition in 2023.

‘Monumental day’

“It’s a monumental day in the Dolphins history,” Dolphins chairman Bob Jones said.

“We have a proud history and we’ve had some wonderful coaches over a very long time and we’re here today to announce that we’ve signed arguably the best coach of all time.

“We’re really excited about it and we’re excited about Wayne’s plans for the future — we couldn’t be more delighted.”

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