Wayne Bennett has revealed he would signal Tevita Pangai in a ‘heartbeat’, as he hinted a reunion with the previous Brisbane Broncos firebrand could also be on the playing cards.
The Dolphins’ quest for a marquee signing forward of their NRL debut subsequent season was dealt a contemporary blow earlier this week, when Kalyn Ponga penned a three-year extension with Newcastle that may maintain him on the membership till 2022.
The Queenslander had been excessive on the record of targets for Bennett, who met with him in Sydney earlier this month to debate a transfer to Redcliffe.
Wayne Bennett admitted he would signal Tevita Pangai (above) in a ‘heartbeat’ if he may
The veteran coach has now set sights on Pangai, whom he coached for 3 years in Brisbane.
‘I’ve a number of time for Tevita. He was no hassle for me. I knew learn how to deal with Tevita,’ Bennett advised the Every day Telegraph.
‘If he was on the open market tomorrow, I might signal him in a heartbeat for the Dolphins. He was one of many guys I actually loved teaching on the Broncos.
‘He truly got here to the Broncos due to me. He was at Canberra on the time and he referred to as me up and stated he needed to be coached by me. He performed some glorious video games for me on the Broncos.’
The Dolphins coach continues to be seeking to land a marquee signing for the NRL’s newcomers
Pangai’s spell in Brisbane got here to an finish final season, when the Broncos washed their palms of the star ahead and allowed him to affix the Panthers.
The Tongan’s expertise on the pitch was too usually overshadowed by controversy off the sphere, which reached its peak when Pangai was stood down indefinitely by the NRL and fined $30,000 for breaching the league’s Covid-19 protocols on the finish of the 2020 season.
Bennett, nonetheless, believes the 26-year-old can flourish on the proper membership.
Pangai performed 96 NRL video games for the Broncos throughout a six-year spell in Brisbane
However a string of off-field controversy, together with a ban for breaching NRL’s Covid-19 protocols, ultimately led to the Broncos parting methods with the star ahead final yr
‘He simply has abilities that may’t be coached. He has God-given expertise,’ he added.
‘It all the time comes again to being coached on the proper membership. The system could make you into a greater participant, however you additionally must have the will.’
Former Broncos nice Corey Parker agrees along with his former boss, conceding that whereas Pangai may very well be a ‘complicated character’ off the sphere, he remained an impressive participant.
‘A number of the issues Tevita can do by way of expertise is horrifying,’ he stated.
Pangai helped Penrith attain the Grand Closing final yr in his solely season with the Panthers
‘I used to be in my final yr on the Broncos when Tevita arrived and I used to be impressed by his expertise.
‘Tevita could be a complicated character, little question. He has to place his personal hand up for a number of the errors he made on the Broncos and I consider he has owned his time at Brisbane.’
Pangai helped Penrith reached the Grand Closing final season however wasn’t picked for the title decider towards the Rabbitohs and finally signed a three-year cope with Canterbury.
On Friday, he’ll return to Brisbane because the bottom-of-the desk Bulldogs tackle fellow strugglers Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.