Queensland might want to discover a new coach for this yr’s State of Origin marketing campaign with Kevin Walters’ signing to be Brisbane’s new NRL head coach.
The 52-year-old has signed a two-year contract to take cost on the Broncos and can instantly step down from his Maroons’ function.
A former captain and five-time premiership winner with the Broncos, Walters’ appointment comes nearly two years after he missed out on the coach’s function to Anthony Seibold.
“I love the Brisbane Broncos – this club is part of who I am and it feels like I am coming home,” he stated.
“I’ve put in a lot of work over the past 15 years to learn and gain the experience that’s required to succeed in this role, so I feel that I’m ready.”
Walters faces a mammoth process to remodel Brisbane after the worst season of their 32-year historical past.
In a far cry from his taking part in days, the Broncos completed final for the primary time within the NRL with simply three wins in 2020.
“The success of the Broncos over the years has been built on passion for the jersey, standing by your mates and plain old hard work, and we will strive for nothing less,” Walters stated.
“I’m looking forward to getting into the building and starting work on preparations for the 2021 preseason.”
Just who will lead the Maroons in November’s Origin marketing campaign stays unknown with former coaches Mal Meninga and Wayne Bennett among the many early frontrunners.
Former North Queensland coach Paul Green, who Walters pipped to the Broncos job, is one other candidate for the Maroons place.
Queensland Rugby League managing director Robert Moore stated the method to seek out Walters’ alternative was already underway.
“We hope to be in a position by the end of the week to announce the new coach for the 2020 series,” Moore stated.
Walters’ appointment has delighted former teammate and Broncos’ nice Chris Johns.
Reports linking the membership to Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy are additionally causes for optimism in Johns’ eyes after a depressing yr at Red Hill.
“Any club in the competition would want the services of Craig Bellamy coming in and overseeing their football department, if that eventuates,” Johns informed AAP.
“I feel there’s loads of work to be finished there. There’s no approach that’s a finished deal.
“That’ll just progress and see what can happen and bring him in but also now that Kevin’s putting his team together … you’ll see when he starts making some announcements, you’re gonna have some special people around him that are going to really help provide the environment for this place to really flourish.”