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Seibold’s NRL coaching days over: Fuller

Former Western Reds and South Sydney Rabbitohs player Matt Fuller believes Anthony Seibold’s coaching days in the NRL are numbered, after the Broncos coach was offered a lucrative payout to his five year contract with the club.

Seibold joined Brisbane on a five year deal at the start of 2019, a year earlier than expected after the club sacked veteran coach Wayne Bennett.

The two effectively swapped places with Seibold leaving South Sydney Rabbitohs to sign with the Broncos, Bennett taking the vacant position with the Bunnies.

Reports surfaced over the weekend that the 45-year-old has been offered more than a million dollars to leave his post, having won just one of 13 games since the season 2020 season restart.

Fuller, who played over 100 first grade games in a career that spanned a decade across five clubs anticipated a swift end for Seibold’s coaching tenure.

“This has been really drawn out, the Broncos have had an absolutely shocking season, Anthony Seibold will take the golden handshake and move on,” he told Sports Drive on Monday.

“I anticipate that Kevin Walters (QLD state of origin coach) will get a big opportunity come in and coach his beloved Broncos. I think he’s the right man for the job at the moment.”

Walters currently holds a media role with Fox Sports on top of his state of origin role with the Maroons, but Fuller believes he is the perfect fit for the job at the Broncos.

“To me it just all lines up with Kevin Walters, he’s a legend of the club and he knows what it takes at the highest level and won many premierships,” he said.

“The Broncos have been in all sorts all year, I’m glad it’s over and when they can appoint a new coach we can just get on with the season.”

Fuller anticipates opportunities for Seibold to coach in the NRL again to be limited.

“I think it’s been mentally and physically demanding on Anthony. He’s just copped it from pillar to post,” he said.

“I can’t see with the way this is unfolding that Anthony Seibold will be coaching in the near future.”

The Broncos sit 15th on the ladder with five games remaining in the 2020 season, having been beaten 28-24 by fellow strugglers St George Illawarra on Friday night.

In other news Sydney Roosters veteran Mitch Aubusson is set to retire at the end of the season as he narrows in on the games record at the club, while Storm star Cameron Smith is set to make an announcement on his playing future in the next week.

IMAGE: Yahoo Sport.


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