Darius Boyd says life at Brisbane Broncos is more enjoyable now they're not under a constant spotlight over their coaching situation.
The Broncos will go into the new season with Anthony Seibold at the helm, looking to produce a better finish than they managed in 2018.
Speculation over whether Wayne Bennett, who had already agreed to take over at the Rabbitohs in 2020, would be moving on early dogged Brisbane.
The scrutiny we would have had all year if Wayne had stayed would have derailed our season.Darius Boyd
The Broncos made the top-eight but exited in the elimination final when they were thrashed 48-18 at home by the Dragons.
The coaching situation proved a long drawn-out saga that ended with Bennett and Seibold switching jobs, and Boyd says he believed from the start that would happen.
Though he retains huge respect for Bennett, he admits he felt it wouldn't have worked out for Bennett to see out the final year in his Brisbane contract.
"The scrutiny we would have had all year if Wayne had stayed would have derailed our season," said Boyd.
"Now that everything has smoothed over and all the drama has gone it is so much more enjoyable," he added. "There are not five camera crews out the front every day or a different story on the news or in the papers."
The Maroons and Test representative says the early signs of the Seibold era at Red Hill are encouraging.
The coach has a "great footy brain" and the players were enjoying the competitiveness of training, he added.
"We are probably out on the field a little bit shorter in duration but it is really intense and game-specific stuff. We have a younger squad and I think all the young boys enjoy that competition."
Seibold took South Sydney to third place at the end of the regular season last year, and they went on to reach the preliminary final before losing to the Roosters.
He was named as the Dally M coach of the year at the end of his first campaign as a senior NRL coach.
Brisbane Broncos are 8/1 to win the grand final. The Broncos are 2/5 to finish in the top eight.
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