Wayne Bennett claimed he was "happy to be sacked" by the Brisbane Broncos after the NRL great was unveiled by the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
New Rabbitohs boss Bennett took charge of his first training session on Tuesday before fronting the media after the NRL's coaching saga finally came to an end.
Bennett was initially set to join South Sydney at the end of his Brisbane contract in 2020, however, the 68-year-old's move was brought forward 12 months after being sacked by the Broncos, who appointed Rabbitohs counterpart Anthony Seibold.
A seven-time NRL winner, Bennett was all smiles in his first news conference as Rabbitohs coach at Redfern.
"It was never part of the plan to come here early. I agreed to come here in 2020, so it was never on the agenda," Bennett told reporters.
"There was a lot going on behind the scenes [at Brisbane] which I wasn't privy to and which was never at my instigation.
"I'm pleased to be here and I'm pleased I came on my terms in the sense that I didn't ask to leave the Broncos, I was sacked or asked to leave."
Asked if he was heartbroken to leave the Broncos, Bennett replied: "Do I look heartbroken?
"I was happy to be sacked. I'll just leave it at that, I was happy.
"You don't get the chance to say goodbye to anybody when they sack you and they tell you not to come back to the building. But that's alright. That’s all fine. We'll all get over it."
Bennett, who said he will not raid Brisbane's player and coaching stocks, added: "I had a look at the mirror when I put the shirt on and it looked ok, so I kept going.
"It has been a long time coming for me I was nearly here seven years ago and it didn't happen, but I'm pleased to be here today."
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