QRL statement on Kevin Walters
The Queensland Rugby League is pleased to announce that Kevin Walters has agreed to extend his tenure as coach of the Queensland Maroons until 2020.
A key component of the contract extension is support for Walters to coach more regularly, with the QRL confirming the Maroons mentor has its blessing to return to the NRL next year as an assistant with the Brisbane Broncos.
"First and foremost, we're absolutely thrilled to extend Kevin's contract as Maroons coach," QRL Chairman Bruce Hatcher said.
"He's done a wonderful job to win back-to-back series during an extremely challenging period.
"Kevin's great passion is coaching, and as such, we support his desire to return to the NRL as an assistant coach with the Broncos."
Hatcher said Walters possessed the drive and experience to succeed in both roles.
"We're always looking to work with the NRL clubs and ensure the best outcome for rugby league in Queensland, and in this particular instance, we believe we have done just that," Hatcher said.
"Kevin will be a great asset for both the Maroons and the Broncos in 2018."
Walters said he was delighted to extend his time with the Queensland State of Origin team.
"I love coaching Queensland and I'm grateful that I can continue on in this role as we have a lot more work to do," Walters said.
"I'm also excited about the opportunity to be involved in the NRL again. I can't thank both the QRL and the Broncos enough for the opportunity."