SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 23: Queensland coach Kevin Walters speaks to the media during the Queensland Maroons State of Origin captain's run at ANZ Stadium on June 23, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Queensland rugby league director Ben Ikin revealed to Fox Sports’ NRL 360 that Kevin Walters will lead the Maroons again in 2020.

The immediate future of the Queensland coach was put under fire after one of the team suffered one of their worst loses in history.

But despite this and no matter the result of game three, the Queensland board have faith in their coach.

“No, it’s not (in danger),” Ikin said of Walters’ job.

“He’s off-contract at the end of 2020 and that is not even a consideration.

“He’s won two series and we’re very happy with our coach.”

Walters evidently lost his cool after the horror show that was game two and his composure was questioned after labelled his teams performance as “s***” and exclaimed he was “f***ing pissed off”.

NRL whispers have mentioned the idea of Cameron Smith returning for the decider to add further experience to the side, with Storm teammate Cam Munster shouldering a lot of the blame after Sunday’s thrashing.

A calming figure could help the team and Smith’s 11 State of Origin titles could be the man. However, Walters has not even hinted at this possibility and right now the focus is on re-grouping and ensuring the team goes back to basics where they were so dominant in game one.

As for the future of Walters, only time will tell for the former Broncos and QLD five-eighth, who appears to be safe for 2020 for now.


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