Anthony Seibold has been linked with a move to the Broncos following South Sydney’s resurgence.South Sydney enforcer Sam Burgess has hailed Rabbitohs coach Anthony Seibold as the best mentor in the game and implored his NRL club to keep him at Redfern.
Favourite for coach of the year honours, Seibold is contracted until the end of 2019 but has put extension talks on hold amid speculation he could end up at Brisbane as a possible successor to Wayne Bennett.
Burgess can understand the interest in the Queensland State of Origin assistant coach, who also enjoyed a stint under Craig Bellamy at Melbourne, but is hoping the Rabbitohs don’t fall victim to the coaching merry-go-round that is dogging the league.
“It’s very important to keep him here,” Burgess said before Souths’ round 21 blockbuster on Friday night with arch-rivals and fellow premiership heavyweights the Sydney Roosters.
“We’ve seen the impact he’s had on the team and he’s an amazing guy, extremely intelligent.
“The whole squad’s enjoyed his leadership so I imagine it’s really important (to retain him).”
Souths haven’t been a factor since winning the competition in 2014, finishing 12th last year, but have emerged as serious title contenders since Seibold’s arrival this season.
“Listen, if you’re a club and you wanted to change things up, you’d probably be looking at the best coach in the game,” Burgess said, when asked what special qualities their first-year mentor possessed.
“In the results we’ve had this year, you can see why people would be looking at him.
“It’s the same squad from last year and we’ve done considerably better with the team so you’d certainly be looking at him so I can see why there’s interest in him.
“He really genuinely cares for the players. He treats us like people first, players second.”