Bennett unsure if his contract will be renewed

Great Britain and England coach Wayne Bennett has admitted he doesn’t know if his contract will be renewed.

Australian Bennett, who has been in charge of the England national team since 2016, has just seen his Great Britain side crash to a series defeat at the hands of New Zealand after going down 23-8 in Christchurch on Saturday.

The 69-year-old, who has already hinted that he would like to stay in charge, is unsure what the future holds as his contract comes to a close.

After the defeat to the Kiwis, he said: “That’s a decision they [the RFL] have got to make. My contract finishes next week, so we will see what they want to do.”

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Many fans have already voiced their concerns over the way Bennett coaches the national teams, with Shaun Wane apparently their choice to take over.

Aside from his own future, Bennett believes that some of his players have gone backwards in the past 12 months.

He added: “I’m not happy we’re going backwards. I think we have gone backwards a little bit on what last year and the World Cup year was, compared to [how] we played this series.

“We are back to the way we were in 2016 I feel, when I first came in as coach.¬†We just aren’t respecting the opposition enough to realise how much discipline we have got to play with.”

Great Britain will travel to Port Moresby to take on Papua New Guinea on Saturday in their final tour match – they will be hoping to finally record a victory after losing their last three matches.