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NRL: Bennett cools talk over Panthers swoop

Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett has confirmed his interest in Panthers star Sean O’Sullivan but says a deal to take him to Redcliffe has not been concluded.

The Dolphins will join the NRL at the start of the 2023 campaign and Bennett is a busy man trying to put a roster together for their debut season.

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O’Sullivan has made an impressive start to the season. He filled in at halfback for Penrith when they were without their superstar Nathan Cleary and did a more than satisfactory job.

It was those performances that caught the eye of Bennett and some reports have gone as far as suggesting that a deal has been done.

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However Bennett says that is not the case and talks have not even taken place regards a move.

“I’m not going to lie about this, we haven’t signed Sean O’Sullivan,” Bennett told News Corp. “We haven’t spoken to him, but that’s not to say we wouldn’t consider Sean down the track.

“I know who’s off-contract in the NRL and O’Sullivan is off-contract and he’s a player we may well want to talk to, but as of today, there’s been no conversations, no approach, nor have we tabled an offer.”

Interest is there

However Bennett is interested in the 26-year-old and much will depend on other transfer targets including Cameron Munster and Anthony Milford.

“I don’t know where we are going yet with our depth in the halves,” Bennett added. “Sean has shown at Penrith how useful he can be, he did a good job filling in for Cleary, but we don’t know which playmakers we will have on our books.”

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