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“We’ll see” – Wayne Bennett keen on reunion with Warrington Wolves boss Sam Burgess

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Wayne Bennett, who will be head coach for South Sydney Rabbitohs next season, has opened the door to Sam Burgess returning to the club.

Bennett, currently head coach for The Dolphins in NRL, had his move to Souths for 2025 confirmed on Tuesday after weeks of speculation surrounding his future, including an attempt by Parramatta Eels to lure the legendary figure to their side.

Currently with Warrington Wolves, Sam Burgess is in his debut season as a head coach, and has already attracted the attention of Aussie media.

Burgess had been touted as a potential successor to former Rabbitohs head coach Jason Demetriou, for whom he was assistant until late last season, after a reported falling out.

He also worked under Bennett when he was at the club in his previous spell, and the 74-year-old has opened up the opportunity for a potential reunion at a side that Burgess spent over a decade at.

Will Sam Burgess return to Australia?

Sam Burgess and Wayne Bennett training for the Rugby League World Cup 2017

Sam Burgess and Wayne Bennett training for the Rugby League World Cup 2017. Credit: imago Images

When asked about the former Souths star potentially returning as part of his coaching staff, Bennett responded: “Sam is doing a great job at Warrington, and he needs that time and space over there to do that.”

However, he didn’t rule it out, continuing: “We’ll see what the future holds. He’s a damn good person.”

However, it does, of course, seem unlikely that he’d leave Warrington Wolves at this point in the season – especially since he’s currently in his debut season as a head coach.

Burgess previously insisted that he’s committed to his two-year deal with Warrington when asked about links to the Rabbitohs job.

He’s currently flying in his new job at Warrington too. They’re also in a great spot right now, looking strong in the Super League and making their way to the Challenge Cup final at Wembley next month.

However unlikely a move back Down Under seems, though, the rumbling will continue, as will the allure of more money and the quality of NRL.

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