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Bennett tight-lipped over Bird options

Wayne Bennett has refused to speculate on where he will play Jack Bird at Brisbane next NRL season, saying he still doesn't know.

Bennett tight-lipped over Bird options

Wayne Bennett has refused to speculate on where he will play Jack Bird at Brisbane next NRL season, saying he still doesn't know.

Mystery surrounds where Jack Bird will play at Brisbane next year - and a bemused Wayne Bennett ensured it stayed that way on Thursday.

Tight-lipped at the best of times, the Broncos coach gleefully shut down talk on Bird's future ahead of Friday night's NRL clash with South Sydney.


Asked if he knew what to do with Bird once he arrived at Red Hill, Bennett said: "No, I don't.

"But I will work something out between here and next year."

Cronulla star Bird confirmed last week he had signed a lucrative multi-year Broncos deal from 2018.

But it left many scratching their heads over just where Bennett would slot Bird into his starting side.

Broncos great Darren Lockyer has already warned against Bird replacing captain Darius Boyd at fullback.

Lock is another option.

Bird appears most likely to get first crack at the Brisbane No.6 jersey, with pivot Anthony Milford moving to halfback for the marquee signing.

Not that Bennett was giving away anything on Thursday.

"I will let you keep speculating. I am not going to buy into speculation," he said of Bird.

"Jack's coming here. We are very, very happy about that.

"Jack plays multiple positions. I am sure we will find somewhere for him."

For the record, Boyd believes Bird will be Brisbane five-eighth next year.

"Wayne will have his plans for how Jack fits into the Broncos' structure and starting line-up, but right now I'd assume he will get an early crack in the halves," he told Fox Sports website.

Boyd says he has no problem with the huge pay packet - up to $1 million a year - Bird will reportedly receive at the Broncos.

"If a 22-year-old representative playmaker with Jack Bird's talent is earning more money than me, I'm more than comfortable with that," he said.

"If Bird is coming to Brisbane on the $700,000-deal that's been reported, it's the steal of the century.

"If he's earning $1 million a year, it's still a pretty good deal for the club considering he's played Origin, won a comp and covers centre, five-eighth, lock and possibly fullback.

"It's a realistic figure with the salary cap going up. One or two million dollar players at each club are going to be the norm."

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