Pat Carrigan joined the Broncos to work with Wayne Bennett. But when the opportunity arose to rejoin the master coach, he said no. He reveals why in a wide-ranging interview.
In his first interview since Brisbane’s big-game heartbreak, Carrigan opened up about one of the most painful losses in the club’s 35-year history, admitting the Penrith capitulation will sting for some time.
The Broncos launch their 2024 pre-season on Thursday — 53 days after Brisbane inexplicably blew a 24-8 lead as Penrith charged home to pull off a 26-24 great escape at Accor Stadium.
No team in the 69-year history of official grand finals has given up a bigger lead in a decider — eclipsing the Dragons botching a 14-0 advantage to lose the 1999 decider against the Storm.
“It’s going to burn for a little bit,” Carrigan said as the Broncos prepare to return to training at Red Hill this week.
By rights, the NRL premiership should be on display in the foyer of Brisbane’s $27…