South Sydney coach Michael Maguire has declared he isn’t going anywhere.
Maguire publicly addressed rumours linking him to a move to the Knights next season for the first time on Wednesday, to deny them emphatically.
The premiership winning mentor said he will be seeing out his current contract with the Rabbitohs which runs through until the end of the 2017 season.
“This is the club that I really love and enjoy and that is where it is at, I’m staying,” Maguire said.
“I plan to stay here as long as I can, it is a rumour, you address it and move on.
“We have to focus around this week, the boys have been training well, there is a lot of excitement around the club.
“All those sorts of things have come out of rumour and talk and chat and for me we are only focused around this Friday (against the Sydney Roosters).”
However Maguire didn’t deny there had been contact between Knights powerbrokers and his own management.
“I am not going to delve any more into it,” he said.
“I have had people talk about many different stories that are out there and there are people that chat around coaches going to one place or another and that is part of what goes on in rugby league, that’s business.
“I love this club and I’m staying. I want to be able to build a legacy in what I am doing.”
The Rabbitohs meet arch-rivals the Roosters Allianz Stadium in the NRL’s final round.
Souths can still sneak into the top four if they beat the Roosters and other results go their way, after disappointing back-to-back losses to Canterbury and Brisbane.
“We get to find out this week how we are going,” Maguire said.
“The Roosters have been setting a bit of a benchmark, it is up to us where we go.”
Maguire confirmed Greg Inglis won’t play against the Tri-colours. Alex Johnston has been named at fullback.