State of Origin Wayne Bennett, Queensland, Maroons vs NSW Blues, Game II, coach

Wayne Bennet was meant to be a one and done replacement for Kevin Walters in 2020, but Queensland are open to him coaching the Maroons again next season.

Bennett has been a vocal critic of Origin coaches not being allowed to also coach in the NRL, which has become the norm in recent years.

However The Sydney Morning Herald reported Queensland Rugby League chairman Bruce Hatcher has opened the door open for Bennett to remain in charge of the Maroons next year.

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“Yes. One subject would be his availability and that of anyone else,” Hatcher told The Sydney Morning Herald.

“The bonus is we’ve got three calm, experienced individuals [including Bennett’s assistants Mal Meninga and Neil Henry] all with great ability in their own right. They’ve all gelled together and done a great job.

“We had agreed as a board to go to a full process for a two or three-year appointment and we will still go through that, but it’s going to be interesting period of time for the next little bit. Let’s cross that bridge when we get to it.”

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Meninga is expected to return to his role as Kangaroos coach next season and Bennett is committed to the Rabbitohs for 2021.

The appointment of the two legends came as Queensland scrambled to cover the loss of Walters who cut short his Maroons deal by two seasons to take the Broncos head coaching role.

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Neil Henry and Ex-Cowboys coach Paul Green are potential long-term candidates should the Maroons choose to appoint a full-time Queensland coach from next season.

However the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and its affect on next season means that the full-time coach model might not be in Queensland’s best interests.

Wayne Bennett and Mal Meninga could be used again in 2020.Source:Getty Images

If Queensland’s two greatest coaches in Bennett and Meninga are both available next season the Maroons would be mad not to consider them, especially if they can win the 2020 series with a victory in one of the last two games.

Originally published asQueensland open to Bennett coaching on with Maroons in 2021

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