12 Apr 2011

Wayne Bennett signs with Newcastle Knights

5:23 pm on 12 April 2011

Wayne Bennett has announced he'll coach the Newcastle Knights National Rugby League side on a four-year deal beginning next year.

The seven-times Premiership coach says his decision was based around the vision and passion of new Knights billionaire owner Nathan Tinkler combined with the lifestyle offered by Newcastle and the Hunter region.

It's believed he phoned rival contender South Sydney this morning to inform them of his decision to go to the Knights after finishing up with NRL Premiers St George Illawarra at the end of this season.

The move means Bennett will have the chance to become the first coach to win Premierships with three different clubs, having won six with the Brisbane Broncos and one with the Dragons.

Bennett says he hopes current Knights coach Rick Stone will stay at the club and work with him.