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Griffin backs Broncos Bennett bid

Wayne Heming 31/03/2011 04:32:11 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin, the man who stands to lose the most should Wayne Bennett return to the Broncos, has endorsed the club's bid to lure the super coach next season.

Griffin woke on Thursday to front and back page headlines declaring Bennett was on his way home to sign a new two-year deal with Brisbane.

However, a meeting of Newcastle Knight's members on Thursday night to consider a $100 million ownership offer from mining magnate Nathan Tinkler still stands between Bennett and a Broncos reunion.

Rather than be concerned, a relaxed Griffin brushed aside the headlines as a distraction saying it would be a "bonus" for the Broncos if it came off.

"It hasn't been a distraction," said Griffin, revealing he would discuss his coaching future with Brisbane chief executive Paul White next week.

"Five weeks ago I got this job by default as far as you get jobs because the club made a decision on the previous coach (Ivan Henjak).

"They're making a decision on the next coach and that's got nothing to do with me.

"I don't have any difficulties personally in what's going on."

Asked if he'd stay at Brisbane if Bennett came back, Griffin said: "Yeah, I'd love to stay here".

"I'd take an assistants role.

"Like I said, I've been here five minutes as far as coaching goes.

"I've been given a job to do this year and I'm really enjoying that role and I'm grateful to the club for giving me that opportunity.

"If I could work beside someone like Wayne Bennett, that's only going to help me and I think it would help the club's stability with what is going on."

Griffin admitted he had no idea which way Bennett would go.

"You never know with Wayne," he said.

"There's obviously two joints who want him (Brisbane and Newcastle) and if he comes here, that's great for the club.

"I've said I'm here for one year and if someone like Wayne wanted to come back and coach this club and the club wanted him here, that's a great boost for the club."

Griffin, who has started his NRL career with an impressive 2-1 record, can further enhance his growing reputation against the Panthers on Friday night.

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