South Sydney has missed one win behind the Grand Final in each of the last three seasons, but the Rabbitohs believe the season is off-season

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The 2021 season will mark the end of an era in the NRL where South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett will walk away from the Rabbitohs at the end of the season

In two seasons at Redfern, the 71-year-old legendary coach has reached the pre-finals twice and missed a Grand Final with one attempt every season

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Bennett has already won seven Premierships in his 34-year coaching career in the NRL and is without a doubt one of the best coaches he has coached in the game

With the plan for longtime assistant Jason Demetriou to take over the helm of the club, Bennett has been linked to roles as coaching director as well as roles at potential expansion clubs

But regardless of where Bennett lands next or whether he sails off into the sunset, South Sydney representative star Damien Cook would like to send him off with another Premiership from Redfern

When the Fox League launched ahead of the 2021 season, which can be streamed on Kayo, Cook said Bennett deserved it

“We want to do a good job for him,” he told Newscomau “He came here for a reason, he wanted to win a contest with South Sydney and he believed he could. He wouldn’t have joined a team, that he doesn’t think has a chance of victory

“He really believes in us, and that’s why he came here. We need to make sure we do what is right for him and follow his guidance With these pieces of the puzzle missing, they could be of great help in making sure we go all the way and win it for Wayne in his senior year

“We don’t want to waste his time coming here and being away from his family, especially his children So we need to make sure we are doing what is right for him””

The Rabbitohs have been close for the past three seasons, including the 2018 season before Bennett and former Souths coach Anthony Seibold swapped clubs

But the Rabbitohs were the surprise packages of the pre-finals last year They finished sixth and came home with tough wins against the Sydney Roosters, Cronulla Sharks and Parramatta Eels before running out against little Premier Penrith Panthers

Few believed that South’s rivals could be without another great striker since the club signed Titans and Queensland star Jai Arrow

Cook adds veteran activists Josh Mansour and Benji Marshall, believing the trio can be the extra ingredients for a Premiership run, especially after exceeding expectations

“There’s still a hunger to win the Premier League that many of us at the club haven’t made it through, and with the new recruits, including very experienced players, the club is being given a lot of faith that we can play one more game and win the grand finale, ”said Cook

“Jai was really good, I’m looking forward to playing with him. He has a lot of leg speed, he’s also a very aggressive player so he’ll be a great addition to our team. It’s probably a part of us bit missing so he’ll be great for us

“Josh Mansour is another one who has taken his professionalism from Penrith and he does it every day Hopefully the younger guys see someone like Josh who has done everything in the game and follow what he does and lift the ones Standards in the club at

“And Benji, I really enjoyed having Benji there, especially for us older players, he held us accountable too. We have a lot of respect for him so we always listen to what he has to say and him will maintain our standards, which will also maintain the standards of the whole team. Hopefully we can put it all together and go ahead and win the competition ”

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