Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

The White Knight

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

The White Knight

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Bennett's Career

Age: 61

Games coached 612 (393 wins, 207 losses, 12 draws)

History

Canberra 1987 Brisbane 1988-2008

St George Illawarra 2009-2011

Premierships

Seven

Brisbane - 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2006; Dragons - 2010

Finals campaigns

21, including 19 straight from 1992-2010

Other career achievements

World Club Challenge titles: 3 (1992, 1997, 2011)

Origin series wins with Queensland: 5 (1987, 1988, 1998, 2001, 2002)

Coach of the year: 2000

RUGBY LEAGUE: New Knights owner Nathan Tinkler made good on his pledge to deliver NRL master coach Wayne Bennett, but it didn't take long for the first cracks in his Newcastle revolution to appear.

Less than an hour after announcing they had secured the seven-time premiership winner on a four-year deal, Tinkler and the Knights learned they had been rejected by Canterbury sensation Jamal Idris a who opted to take up a lucrative five-year deal with Gold Coast.

The failed Idris bid came on the back of speculation Tinkler's $400,000-a-year bid for NSW Origin prop Kade Snowden would be scuttled by Bennett, renowned for his dislike of paying top dollar for forwards.

Then came current coach Rick Stone's admission that he wasn't convinced another apprenticeship under Bennett was in his best interests, with the 44-year-old toying with the idea of exploring his options.

aI consider myself a head coach in the NRL,a Stone said as he arrived home from Monday night's 17-6 loss to Brisbane, the Knights' third straight defeat.

aI may or may not have that opportunity in the near future but I suppose I'll have to wait and sit down, weigh up my options and have a talk to Wayne and see what's best for myself and my staff.

aNo-one can understate Wayne Bennett's credentials a he's a multi-premiership winning coach and he's going to bring plenty to our club - it's an exciting time for Newcastle and the Newcastle club. …

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