Paul McGregor happy to bide his time over uncertain future

Paul McGregor
Paul McGregor


While it may be ajar for the return of Wayne Bennett, caretaker Paul McGregor is adamant he won't be knocking on chief executive Peter Doust's door in pursuit of a speedy resolution to the Dragons' coaching position.

Bennett's future with Newcastle is in doubt after the NRL assumed ownership of the club following the ousting of former owner Nathan Tinkler two weeks ago.

Bennett told Fairfax Media on Thursday the Knights were "four to five years" away from becoming a premiership force but remained noncommittal as to whether he is the man to take them there.

The uncertainty has seen him linked to the club he led to a premiership in 2010 but McGregor said he's in no hurry to settle his own future with the Dragons.

"I've got plenty of things to do with my time without sitting there worrying about next year," McGregor said.

"I'm in no hurry. I always worry about what I can control and what I can control right now it this footy team. As far as worrying about who's going to be the coach ... I couldn't give a rat's to be honest."

McGregor said he was yet to be approached by the club to discuss the long-term head-coaching role.

"At the moment the club hasn't approached me about next year," he said.

"The club's got to search for the best coach. That's their job and if you're searching for the best coaches you need to see who's available, see who's had success, see how this year pans out. That takes time.

"If it doesn't come before round 26, it doesn't come before round 26. I don't really care on that one, I'm not too concerned about it.

"I just worry about what needs to happen right now. If the job gets offered or it gets given to someone else ... congratulations. I'll re-assess that when it comes."

A month on from reluctantly stepping into the coaching hot-seat following the sacking of Steve Price, the Dragons are 2-2 and McGregor admitted he is warming to the role.

"I'm enjoying the role and I see the club improving in the role that I'm playing and that's important," he said.


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