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Former Rhinos target Demetriou to replace Bennett as South Sydney head coach

South Sydney Rabbitohs assistant coach Jason Demetriou will take over as Wayne Bennett’s successor at the end of the 2021 season.

Bennett will step down at the end of the current NRL season with the former Widnes, Wakefield and Keighley player signing a four-year contract with the Redfern club.

Demetriou was one of the favourites to become Leeds Rhinos coach last year following David Furner’s sacking, but the Super League side instead opted for Richard Agar.

The 44-year-old has the backing of Bennett and Rabbitohs General Manager of Football Shane Richardson, as he takes on one of the highest prestige jobs in the game.

As for former England and Great Britain coach Bennett, the future remains uncertain with speculation rife he could return to Queensland to lead a second Brisbane team if there was to be an NRL expansion – which is something that the 70-year-old believes in.

When asked about returning to Queensland to work with Bennett again, departing Bunnies GM Richardson said: “We haven’t spoken about it, but I know Wayne wants to continue on coaching so we will just wait and see.”

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