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NRL: Bennett dismisses Walsh rumours

Dolphins head coach Wayne Bennett has dismissed reports suggesting he is targeting a move for unsettled Warriors fullback Reece Walsh for the 2023 NRL campaign.

The New Zealand Warriors are priced at 30/1 to win the 2022 NRL grand final but there have been suggestions it could be Walsh's last season with the club.

Queensland return

Walsh is reported to have become unsettled with the Warriors and is keen to return home to Queensland at some point in the near future.

He would have plenty of options but reports immediately started suggesting it would be the NRL newest club, the Dolphins, that would be in the box seat to do a deal.

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The Dolphins will enter the NRL for the 2023 campaign and they have already recruited some quality players in the form of Melbourne Storm trio Felise Kaufusi, Kenny Bromwich and Jesse Bromwich.

However Bennett needs to bring in a whole lot more and Walsh is the kind of quality player that is sure to be in his thinking.

Rumours dismissed

However when the possibility of signing Walsh was put to him, the super coach was keen to play it down.

"I’m very happy with the players we’ve signed, they’re all quality players and quality people with good reputations in the game," Bennett told the Daily Telegraph. "We’re talking to players all the time but we’ll just sit back now and let the season start and then we’ll see what happens.

"Every year players get disgruntled at clubs, coaches get disgruntled with players and clubs will overspend and get themselves in salary cap trouble.

"We’ve started by signing some quality, experienced players and then we’ll try and bring some younger players in around them. We’re in a good position."

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