South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett has refused to reply questions on his involvement within the Cody Walker saga that resulted in a $20,000 superb for the membership.
Walker can be a notable absentee in Friday’s NRL conflict with Sydney Roosters after being banned for 2 video games for his function in a avenue struggle in December.
Walker was additionally hit with a suspended $15,000 superb, whereas police are believed to be investigating whether or not the five-eighth was blackmailed over footage of the struggle.
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The Rabbitohs had been additionally sanctioned after revelations Bennett had prior data of the incident however failed to tell the membership or NRL integrity unit. South Sydney co-owner Russell Crowe has publicly questioned the severity of the punishment, with the membership understood to be weighing up whether or not to attraction.
Bennett declined to debate any questions concerning the matter on Thursday.
“I didn’t come right here to speak about Cody Walker. I got here right here to speak about tomorrow’s recreation. If you wish to speak about that, I’m glad,” Bennett mentioned.
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“In any other case we’ll transfer on.”
When pressed additional on whether or not he thought he would’ve betrayed Walker’s belief by reporting the matter, Bennett mentioned: “Subsequent query mate.”
The seven-time premiership-winning coach confirmed younger playmaker Troy Dargan would debut at five-eighth towards the Roosters rather than Walker.
Dargan, 23, is an Australian Schoolboys consultant who has frolicked within the junior techniques at Parramatta and Brisbane earlier than arriving in Redfern this yr.
“He’s fairly a skilful participant. He’s been well-coached over a protracted time period. He’s acquired a very good talent set. He’ll deal with the job very well,” Bennett mentioned.
“He’s skilled nice right here since he’s been right here. I had him on the Broncos and he was wonderful there as properly. He’s acquired a whole lot of good issues going for him.”
Bennett did concede blockbuster conflict towards the membership’s fierce rivals would current a monumental problem for the first-gamer.
“Properly I suppose it’s nearly as good as any time in your life. It’s a fairly thrilling second for him. It’ll problem him just a little bit extra, however I’m certain he’ll be as much as that,” he mentioned.