Brisbane Broncos told that coach is going for Bennett
UPDATE: The Brisbane Broncos have told their players Wayne Bennett will be back coaching the club from the 2015 NRL season, replacing Anthony Griffin.
The payers were called to an 11am meeting at Red Hill today - on their day off - and given the news that Bennett, who left the club in 2008, will be coming home next season to take over the coaching role with his own staff.
News Ltd is reporting that the deal is worth $4 million.
It's understood chief executive Paul White delivered the news to Griffin, who has another season left on his contract, before meeting with the players.
Just last week co-captain Corey Parker declared Griffin had the full support of the players, who showed that on Saturday night with a gutsy win over the Warriors after the coach stood down three key players for disciplinary reasons.
Bennett's appointment is expected to be confirmed tomorrow (Tuesday) after it is ratified by the club's board and chairman Dennis Watt.
Speculation suggests Bennett's son-in-law Ben Ikin, a former Broncos player now on the board of the north Queensland Cowboys, could replace chief executive Paul White if he decides to follow his close friend Griffin out the door at Red Hill.
Earlier Fairfax reported that Bennett phoned Lachlan Murdoch on Sunday, convincing the News Corporation boss he could turn around the struggling Broncos.