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My mind's made up: RL coach Bennett

David Beniuk 10/04/2011 07:04:36 PM Comments (0)

Supercoach Wayne Bennett has further tantalised fans by revealing he has decided on which NRL club he will coach next year.

The only problem is he's not telling anyone.

The seven-time premiership-winning mentor is expected to announce he will join Newcastle or South Sydney.

He now has supporters of both on the edge of the their seats following the revelation after St George Illawarra's convincing 25-6 victory over Canterbury at the SCG that he had made up his mind.

Asked about his decision on Sunday, Bennett replied: "I can't answer that for you. I don't know.

"Well, I do know, but I just don't want to share it with you."

Asked if that suggested an announcement would be made soon, he replied: "Suggests nothing."

But he did say the mass of speculation in the media was not affecting him.

"I don't write it and I don't read it, so how does it impact on me? It doesn't," he said.

"It's my decision. If you all stop trying to tell me what I should be doing and what I'm supposed to be doing, then I might make it a lot quicker."

The intrigue over Bennett's next move extends to match-winning Dragons fullback Darius Boyd, who single-handedly snuffed out a Bulldogs revival with a freakish intercept.

Boyd is waiting on Bennett's decision before deciding on his own future, with his contract with the Dragons expiring at year's end.

It had been assumed Boyd would follow Bennett but the Queenslander said the Dragons, Brisbane and Gold Coast were among options he would consider.

"The (Dragons have) been really great to me and I owe them a lot," Boyd said.

"In saying that, though, Wayne's been great to me as well so it's not going to be an easy decision but I suppose I'll make it when the time comes.

"I'm not too sure but I'd always like to go home as well. That's definitely an option.

"Just home, anywhere. Queensland, Brisbane, Gold Coast, that's my home so I'd never rule it out and eventually I'd like to finish up my career there so it depends whether it's now or later, I don't know so we'll just wait and see."

For now, Boyd, like the rest of the rugby league world, is waiting on Bennett's call.

"When he makes a decision, I'll see what happens there and weigh up my options but until that happens I'm just concentrating on playing footy," he said.

The Dragons moved to second place on the NRL ladder with Sunday's victory, behind Melbourne on points differential, after the Storm sent Parramatta's season spiralling with a 38-0 annihilation at AAMI Park.

Brisbane can join the Dragons and Storm on four wins with a victory over Newcastle at Suncorp Stadium on Monday night.

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