State of Origin, coach, Queensland Maroons, Billy Slater, Mal Meninga, Paul Inexperienced

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The Queensland Rugby League is eyeing Maroons legend Billy Slater as the person to fill the vacant head teaching job for subsequent yr’s Origin sequence.

Slater is the main contender to take over as Queensland coach subsequent season after Paul Inexperienced’s departure was confirmed earlier within the week and based on a News Corp report, the QRL have kicked off negotiations with the 38-year-old.

The QRL is reportedly eager to lock in Slater on a three-year deal after a subcommittee nominated the champion fullback as their most well-liked candidate earlier this week.

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It comes after Slater confirmed his curiosity on Channel 9 on Friday night time.

“I need to stress that we haven’t gotten to a suggestion or acceptance kind of factor simply but,” he stated.

“There’s been an expression of my curiosity in teaching the Queensland staff and given the care I’ve for Queensland and the way excessive I maintain the function, I’m actually contemplating it.

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“However on the identical time I’ve bought some present commitments.

“I’ve bought household commitments and I respect the function that a lot that I understand how a lot I’ll put into the function, and I understand how a lot it is going to demand and the dedication it is going to take.

“So it’s not simply a straightforward choice to say, ‘Sure’, however actually [there is] some consideration there.

“It’s not a minimize and dry state of affairs for me. I’ve actually bought to think about the place and the way a lot focus and enter that will take out of what I’m doing.

“The consideration is round my present commitments and the respect I give the place as a result of it’s not simply flip as much as three video games — it’s greater than that and it’s in regards to the course Queensland Rugby League need to go together with it.

“I understand how a lot this implies.

“I’ve bought to think about every little thing earlier than I decide.

“I feel there’s a number of good folks that may be concerned within the Queensland Rugby League system. The QRL are working in the direction of that.

“They’re doing a implausible job they usually’ve bought a watch on the long run, so we’ll see what occurs.”

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News Corp reported earlier that the QRL was sounding out Mal Meninga’s availability to staff up with Slater in a training dream staff.

There have been considerations that Slater may have an skilled mentor to bounce concepts off and that’s the place Meninga would are available in.

Meninga, who coached Slater for Queensland and Australia, at the moment remains to be head coach of the Kangaroos.

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Information Corp stories the QRL has approached chair Peter V’landys to see if the fee would let Meninga tackle a Maroons mentoring function alongside his Kangaroos teaching duties.

Meninga clearly is aware of how one can succeed at Origin degree having received eight straight sequence between 2006 and 2013.

Talking on Fox League in July amid Queensland’s poor 2021 sequence, Maroons nice Cooper Cronk stated Slater had comparable qualities to Meninga that will make him the proper candidate.

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“He’s bought the presence when he walks right into a room,” Cronk stated.

“I feel Kalyn Ponga is certainly going to reply to Billy Slater, Cameron Smith or Johnathan Thurston.

“He’s bought the work ethic and he’s bought the science behind it they usually additionally know what works after they have been coached by Mal (Meninga).

“They know their function is vital however it’s not crucial factor. Teaching Origin to me is about getting your medium-tier gamers, your function gamers to play seven, transfer that as much as eight out of 10 and crucial factor is to get your weapons to play 9.5 to 10 out of 10.”

Wayne Bennett and Cameron Smith have been each floated as potential contenders for the function however have since dominated themselves out of rivalry.

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