Brisbane Broncos head coach Anthony Seibold has officially stepped down from his role at the club with immediate effect.
Seibold joined the Broncos ahead of the 2019 season, taking part in a coach-swap with now South Sydney boss and former England and Great Britain head coach Wayne Bennett.
He led the club to the play-offs in his first season, however after starting 2020 with two wins his side slumped to 12 losses from 13 after the NRL season restarted following the Covid-19 suspension.
There has been much speculation surrounding his future for weeks given Brisbane’s poor form, with Seibold himself finally confirming his decision overnight.
He said: “Last week, I made the decision to finish my tenure as coach of the Brisbane Broncos. Today, I am announcing that I will be stepping down from the role immediately.
“For many reasons, my time at the Broncos did not work out as we had all hoped. But that’s sport. We love sport because it’s full of uncertainty. And rugby league seems to throw up uncertainty better than any sport I know.
“People ask me if there are things I’d change about the last two seasons. None of that matters right now.
“I gave it my best at the Broncos and I am responsible for where we currently are. Head coaches know that there is no finger-pointing and no deflection of blame when a club struggles.
“These events haven’t dampened my enthusiasm for coaching or wanting to help others achieve. In fact, they have made me more determined. Head coaching in the NRL isn’t for the faint of heart. I know that. And I know that I’ll be a better coach, a better leader and a better person for all that I have learnt over these last three seasons at South Sydney and Brisbane.”