Broncos Terminate Wayne Bennett As NRL Merry-Go-Round Continues

Wayne Bennett's career at the Broncos is over, with the club terminating his contract effective immediately.

The legendary coach has completed a move to the South Sydney Rabbitohs,  with the Broncos confirming former Souths coach Anthony Seibold will take his place, effective immediately.

The move will see Bennett team up with a number of influential Queensland players including captain Greg Inglis and Maroons flyer Dane Gagai.

Bennett coached the Brisbane team between 1988 and 2008, then helming several other clubs before returning to the Broncos in 2015. But despite several successful seasons upon his return north, the team has decided it's time for a fresh start.

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He had signed for the Rabbitohs for the 2020 and 2021 seasons, with Seibold picked by the Broncos to be their new coach in something of a coaching swap.

Bennett and Seibold had been tipped to make the swap a year early, switching teams in 2019 instead, but the Broncos coach had hoped to stay on in Brisbane next season to see out his contract.

Bennett won six premierships with the Broncos. (Image AAP)

But on Sunday the team made the decision for him, deciding to terminate his contract instead.

"The terms of this termination are confidential," the Broncos said.

"The Broncos thank him for his contribution to the club and wish him all the best in the future."

An announcement about the club's coach for the 2019 season will be made soon.

Anthony Seibold with the 2018 Dally M Coach of the year award (Image AAP)

Aside from Brisbane, the seven-time premiership winner previously coached a number of clubs including the Canberra Raiders, the St. George Illawarra Dragons and the Newcastle Knights.

He's also taken charge of the England and Australian national teams, as well as the Queensland State of Origin side.

The swap finally brings to an end one of the longest running sagas of the NRL off season.

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