Queensland Rugby League has prolonged the contract of State of Origin coach Kevin Walters for an additional 12 months, taking him by means of to the tip of 2021.
The Maroons introduced the deal on Sunday night time, saying the choice provides the Maroons extra stability heading into this 12 months’s collection.
“Kevie is an immensely common and revered determine amongst the enjoying group and assist employees, and he understands Origin and what makes the gamers tick,” QRL managing director Robert Moore stated in an announcement.
“Loyalty and respect have been cornerstones of the Maroons’ success, and the chance to extend his time with our Origin and consultant program is definitely in line with these values.”
The re-signing comes simply days after the NSWRL prolonged the contract of their very own Origin coach, Brad Fittler, for a similar time period.
It additionally comes with NRL facet Brisbane within the midst of a horror stretch of kind below coach Anthony Seibold.
Walters was closely linked to the position previous to Wayne Bennett leaving the membership in 2018, earlier than he swapped with Seibold, who was with South Sydney on the time.
The extension means Walters, who took on the Maroons gig in 2016, shall be in control of their Origin facet for six straight collection.
This 12 months’s three-game collection has been delayed till November because of COVID-19.
“While I’m happy to get the contract talks finalised for subsequent 12 months, my focus has at all times been on the 2020 collection and ensuring we get our preparation spot on,” Walters stated.
“Our wider squad had a extremely productive weekend collectively in February, and whereas the schedule change due to COVID-19 will definitely throw up some new challenges, we’ll adapt and be prepared for recreation one.”