Kevin Walters has put further nails in the coffin that was the rumour that he would move from his role as Queensland coach to take up the head job with the Gold Coast Titans, the job that came on the market in spectacular fashion this week past. He denies having any interest whatsoever in moving into the recently vacated office of Neil Henry.
Walters told Queenslanders Only that he would not accept the nomination and if elected, he would not serve, or words to that effect.
“There’s been a lot of speculation around the Titans job and particularly including myself, but I’m contracted next year with the Queensland Rugby League to be the Origin coach,” Walters said.“I signed a three-year deal, and I haven’t had any talks with the Titans about the possibility of me going there and coaching, that’s just non-existent.”
Taking the high road was simple in this case for Walters. The only possibilities worse than coaching the Titans would be coaching Wests Tigers or the Newcastle Knights.
Walters said that he does want to coach in the NRL at some point after his three-year contract with the Maroons is concluded.
Proving that NRL coaches will work for food, Ben and Shane Walker have gone to the Titans and indicated a willingness to fill the role. They have been working in the Queensland Cup and feel they are ready to move to the NRL.
We are not certain how that would work. A simple solution would be for Ben to take the credit for wins and Shane the blame for any losses, but that does not seem entirely viable. Given the Titans history of late, Ben would not derive much enjoyment, while Shane might be too much burdened.
Another name in the hopper is Penrith’s NSW Cup Coach Garth Brennan, but he was coy, choosing to neither confirm or deny his interest. He may be, with that sort of discretion, be considering a run for parliament.