The Maroons are considering an unorthodox succession plan involving a group of legendary retired players, after announcing Wayne Bennett will not coach Queensland in 2021.
According to reports, Bennett’s departure prompts Maroons officials to launch shock plan to involve retired legends like Cameron Smith, Billy Slater, Justin Hodges and Cooper Cronk to lead the team in the near future.
It is understood that the QRL could hire Paul Green in the role for 2021, but replace him with one or a combination of these former players before the 2022 series.
“The ones that come to mind are Slater, Cameron Smith, Hodges and those guys,” QRL president Bruce Hartcher told News Corp.
“It’s not as easy as being a coach for six weeks. We still have a camp based system with the Queensland Academy of Sport. We have to communicate and watch the players play to make sure they’re ready to go. pass.
“The coach cannot make it to the three Origin games.
“We would rather bring in one of these guys under the guidance of an experienced coach (like Green).”
However, Green’s stint could be short-lived, with the coach winning the post of prime minister keen to resume his coaching career in the NRL.
“With Paul Green I’m sure that within a year he will have a position in the NRL and he is voicing the point of view that is his priority,” Hartcher added.
“We’re going to go through a process because there have been players who have been outstanding at the NRL level but who don’t want to be a full time coach and would throw their hats in the ring to be a coach. Origin. “
The QRL boss said the Maroons were grateful Bennett offered his services in 2020 and that a coach would be assigned early this year.
“We were very grateful that Wayne made himself available to help us last year,” said Queensland Rugby League general manager Robert Moore.
“He was the perfect fit for the role with the players we had and the situation we were in, with his assistants Neil Henry and Mal Meninga, it was exceptional training that laid the groundwork for one of the most great series victories of our state.
“We understand the decision Wayne made in the last year of his contract with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, as he is eager to focus his efforts on them because they have been so close (to a post of prime minister ).
“With Wayne’s decision, we have now moved to a process to consider the next appointment and we anticipate that process will be completed early this year.”