Master Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett has fueled the NRL draft debate once more speaking ahead of the All Stars clash on the Gold Coast.
“I remember at the Broncos, we had $450,000 taken up on four players. If I put the four of them on the field at once, we would have lost games because they needed the older players to get the job done for them,” Bennett said.
“And they were well overpaid but we had to pay that because other clubs wanted to pay that. In a draft situation, that scenario is gone.
“All of a sudden they are out negotiating for big contracts at 17, 18 years of age and listening to the manager talk them up, their mum and dad talk them up. Nobody is talking them down.”