“I’ve said all along that Trent Barrett isn’t coming back to Penrith,” Gould said.
He explicitly ruled out Barrett. He has commented too that he hasn’t talked with Bennett.
Personally, the Titans would be NUTS not to hire Wayne in some capacity. (unless he asks for a crazy amount of money).
He could either be Coach or coach mentor. Wayne wants to stay in and/or Close to Brisbane and the Gold Coast would probably tick that box.
Alternatively the NRL could pull a rabbit out of the hat and open a second Brisbane team, making Wayne the head.
The other side is that Barrett is deliberately playing the seabirds to push more money into the football side of the club. Make changes to the line up, etc. Doubt it would be to get rid of DCE as he is one of a few things going for them.