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Kevin Walters shares disappointment over Brisbane Broncos coaching snub

Sporting News logo Sporting News 9/11/2018

Queensland coach Kevin Walters © Matt King/Getty Images Queensland coach Kevin Walters Queensland coach Kevin Walters admits being overlooked for the Broncos head coaching job was a hard pill to swallow but his full focus is now invested in the success of the Maroons.

Walters was one of four candidates in a high-profile list including newly-appointed Tigers coach Michael Maguire and Brisbane assistant Jason Demetriou, as the trio were edged out by South Sydney mentor Anthony Seibold.

Broncos legends Justin Hodges and Glenn Lazarus have publicly attacked the Broncos board for denying one of the club's favourite sons the opportunity to lead the next generation, but Walters is content with his current role with the Maroons.

“Yeah I was disappointed,” Walters told reporters in Bundaberg.

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“I’m very fortunate when I first started, I felt very privileged to have this opportunity with the Queensland State of Origin team, I’ve been doing it now for three years.

“I’m really looking forward to the next couple of years with the Maroons and trying to win that shield back, that’ll be my big focus.

“We’ve already started working on next year’s campaign.”

a baseball player holding a racket © Provided by Perform Media Channels Limited A new opportunity may surface in the fast-moving nature of the NRL coaching circle, however, Walters insists he will put any NRL ambitions on hold for a least another two years - coinciding with the end of his Queensland contract.

“I’m going to take a little step back from all that and really focus on the Origin,'' he said

“I got caught up in all of that about going back to Broncos and it didn’t help me in any way. I’m going to really focus on the Origin preparation, my work at Fox Sports (as a commentator) that’s my big challenge.

“Whatever comes around after that in a couple of years, well you never know, do you?’’

Speaking at a press conference as the QRL announced a three-year sponsorship deal with Auswide Bank, Walters then played a straight bat and refused to answer any further Broncos-related questions.

''The Broncos have made their decision,” Walters said.

“I’ve always felt really privileged to be in this position that I am. I’m really looking forward to my tenure as the Maroons coach, it’s a very exciting job. I feel challenged by what happened this year with the series.”

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