Bid team won't let go of hook
THE CQ NRL Bid team still has its sights on Anthony “Hook” Griffin, despite the former Rockhampton coach inking a new deal with the Brisbane Broncos yesterday.
Griffin, who was firmly in the sights of the CQ NRL Bid team, yesterday accepted a two-year extension of his current contract that will cover the 2012 and 2013 NRL seasons.
CQ NRL Bid team chief executive Denis Keeffe congratulated Griffin on his appointment yesterday, but insisted he's still on the bid team's radar if it is successful in gaining entry into the NRL in 2014.
“I'm really happy with Hook's appointment,” Keeffe said.
“It's terrific for him to get the chance to work at such a great club.”
Griffin took over from Ivan Henjak three weeks before the 2011 NRL season kicked off and has been a revelation so far, guiding the Broncos to three wins from their first four starts and a place at the top of the competition ladder.
Griffin said he was pleased to have secured an elongated tenure.
“It's an honour to be officially endorsed as the next head coach of the Brisbane Broncos,” he said.
“Whichever way this turned out I was comfortable with the process the club went through and was always looking forward to a future with the club.
“I will now get on with the job of making the rest of the season as successful as possible.”
Broncos chief executive Paul White said Griffin had made a strong impression during the opening part of the 2011 NRL season.
“He has impressed with his man management skills, his strategic thinking and his technical capabilities; he is a coach that players want to play for,” White said.
White said the club had been transparent in their negotiations with Wayne Bennett and said the club felt comfortable with the completed negotiations and in making Griffin's long-term appointment.
White confirmed the move came after negotiations with Bennett were concluded last night.
“We met with (Bennett) last night and he confirmed that he wants pursue other options,” White said.