Wayne Bennett says he will continue coaching despite confirming he will quit the Brisbane Broncos at the end of the 2008 season.
Bennett, who holds the record for most consecutive seasons coaching at a premiership rugby league club, told his players of his decision before training at Red Hill headquarters this morning.
The 58-year-old has been at the helm of the Broncos since their inception in 1988, winning six premierships from six grand finals - in 1992, 1993, 1998, 2000, 2006 and the 1997 Super League title.
While Bennett refused to speculate about his future beyond the Broncos, he says he will carry on coaching either in the southern or northern hemisphere.
Canberra coach Neil Henry is considered an early favourite to replace Bennett if a deal can be arranged to release him from the Raiders. Melbourne coach and former Brisbane assistant Craig Bellamy is also likely to be linked to the role.
Whoever his successor is, he will have big boots to fill.
Entering his 21st season at the Broncos, Bennett has been one of the most successful coaches in the game's 100-year history, also guiding Queensland to four State of Origin series wins and Australia to Test series victories.