Stone disappointed but gracious for opportunity

Despite knowing of what was coming for quite some time, outgoing Knights coach Rick Stone maintained a cool head, and did the job that he is being paid to do by the club.

All throughout the saga, he has maintained that cool head, in the midst of constant rumours about his future, that were finally decided upon, when Wayne Bennett was announced as the new coach of the Knights from 2012.

It was a meeting at 7am yesterday morning that told Stone, he was headed out – despite not having been told at that time. He just had a suspicion that that is what it was about.

“I’d been pretty confident he was coming,” Stone said.

“With my own job, obviously disappointed.

“I consider myself a head coach in the NRL. I may or may not have that opportunity in the near future. I suppose I’ll have to wait, sit down and weigh up my options and have a talk to Wayne and see what’s best for myself and my staff.”

Whilst he expressed major disappointment, he showed no bitterness or resentment towards the Tinkler Sports Group.

“I think the Tinkler Group has been upfront from the beginning and said one of their goals was to bring Wayne Bennett to the club,” he said. “I’ve been in the loop the whole time.”

When talking about Bennett, Stone said: “No one can understate his credentials. He’s obviously a multi-premiership-winning coach and it’s going to bring plenty to our club. It’s an exciting time for Newcastle.”

Whilst many are talking about Stone being an assistant under Bennett, nothing has been confirmed as of yet, nor will it be confirmed for some time.

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