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No worries for Broncos boss Henjak

Wayne Heming 29/10/2010 03:19:23 PM Comments (0)

Ivan Henjak isn't pulling his hair out over the constant speculation his days as Brisbane's NRL coach are numbered.

That's not because the chrome-domed Henjak doesn't have any hair left to pull out, but because he's very comfortable with the direction the Broncos are heading following a few seasons of pain for the club.

He's had to deal with constant talk that Wayne Bennett, who has another season to run with St George Illawarra after ending that club's 37-year premiership drought, and Ricky Stuart, whose name bobs up every time there's an NRL coaching job on the line, will take his job.

"It's something I can't control. Obviously someone has an agenda," Henjak, who has received the Broncos' full backing since the rumour mill went into overdrive following Brisbane's failure to make the finals, said.

"It's out there, I've got no doubt people are talking about it.

"But I haven't been told I won't be here for the duration (2012).

"When someone taps me on the shoulder or the board tells me I'm on notice or my job isn't safe, I'll worry about it then"

Henjak has an unwavering faith in the club's administration and youth and a steely belief that following a tough period, Brisbane is about to enter an era of good times.

"We're going to get the benefits from the the players we've developed in the past few years," he says, the inflection in his voice unmistakable.

"I understand over the next few years we really need to make an impact, there's always been high expectations on this club.

"Those first years (as coach) I always knew there was going to be some pain involved with the roster we had."

In Bennett's last few years and in Henjak's formative ones, Brisbane hit the marketplace recruiting players such as Joel Clinton (45 games), PJ Marsh (15 games), Lagi Setu (33 games), Ashton Sims (56) and Aaron Gorrell (12), all good players but all without any of the club's history or culture.

"The last three or four years we've had to go out in the marketplace and buy players and not necessarily people who understand what the Broncos are all about," said Henjak.

"We want to get back to what we were and what we were all about.

"Long term, and for the benefit of your salary cap I think the way we're doing it, is the way to go go.

"That's not a decision I made, that's a decision we made as a club."

Henjak is confident the team Brisbane is constructing - which includes the homecoming of representative prop Ben Hannant from Canterbury and the addition of superstar Greg Inglis to replace strike centre Israel Folau - can take the club through a long period of good times in captain Darren Lockyer's last years.

Youngsters such as 2010 player of the year Josh Hoffman, winger Jharal Yow Yeh, halves prospects Ben Hunt and Corey Norman, utility back Dale Copley, developing props Mitchell Dodds and Josh McGuire and Rohan Ahern - who spent 2010 gutsing his way back from a knee reconstruction - are all part of Henjak's future plans.

Throw NRL rookie-of-the-year Matt Gillett, the rapidly improving Ben T'eo, utility Alex Glenn plus the return from injury of Justin Hodges (Achilles) into the mix, and Henjak has every reason to be excited.

"The players are being developed through our system and they'll have a Broncos culture about them," he said.

Brisbane begin pre-season training at Queensland University on Monday.

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