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I am staying at Newcastle, says Bennett

Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett has described reports that linked him with a move away from the NRL club as "rubbish".
I am staying at Newcastle, says Bennett
by AAP

SYDNEY, Sept 30 AAP - Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett has described reports that linked him with a move away from the NRL club as "rubbish".

Two years into a four-year contract, the seven-times premiership coach last week did nothing to dampen speculation that he could take the vacant job at North Queensland when he refused to give any guarantee he'd remain at the Knights.

But, in the wake of his team's season-ending preliminary final loss to the Sydney Roosters on Saturday, Bennett reaffirmed he was staying at the Knights and took a swipe at the media.

"It started with the media, you just keep going on about - you absolutely fascinate me," Bennett told reporters on Monday.

"I've said what I said today and I don't really want to keep carrying on about until you raise it again in six months when some other club is without a coach.

"I was never leaving the Knights, it comes back to you people (media), it starts with you and it fascinated me the rubbish that went on about it.

"Now I am here justifying why I am staying here now. I am here.

"This time last year ... I came out publicly and said it, when there were some issues with other things around the club with regards to (owner) Nathan (Tinkler) and I made the point then. It looks like I've got to do it every couple of months here.

"I never applied for a job up there (at the Cowboys), I never went for an interview. It started somewhere else, there was nothing to do with me."

On a more positive note, Bennett said retiring club legend Danny Buderus was in good spirits after his severe head knock in Saturday's 40-14 defeat.

Buderus left the field on a medicab wearing a neck brace and spent the night in hospital with heavy concussion.

"He is all good, a few headaches and that still, a little drowsy but otherwise fine," Bennett said.

"I am trying to convince him his last game was against Melbourne because that was a good game for him.

"I think a lot of the boys felt extremely sad on Saturday night, not so much for the loss but because what happened to Danny."

Bennett also thanked Knights fans who turned up in droves at Allianz Stadium.

"The players felt all that (support)," he said.

"That's good for the future, because you want your players to buy into the fact that it's not just about them, it's also about the people that support the game.

"I think we've given them back a football team they're proud of again and that's what we want to maintain going forward."


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