New Zealand Warriors coach Stephen Kearney is close to penning a new deal with the club, according to a report by Stuff.
Kearney is coming off a stellar 2018 season, steering the Warriors to their first finals appearance since 2011.
Warriors CEO Cameron George stopped short of confirming a new contract, but revealed that discussions were tracking positively.
“I’m still working with Stephen around finalising my desire to have him at the club for a longer term,” George told Stuff.
“I’m hopeful of being able to finalise that in the new future.”
It would be beneficial for both the coach and club to finalise a new deal before the season commences next month.
George also said the New Zealand is looking to host the All Stars-Maori Kiwis clash in 2020.
“I’ve had a discussion with John about us together looking at trying to bring that back to New Zealand next year,” George said.
“I’ve had preliminary discussions with the NRL about the possibility of that and I’ll follow that up this week.
“I think it would be absolutely fantastic, both for the game and also for Maori culture to have the game in New Zealand next year.”
The Warriors mentor added that potential venues to host the fixture had not yet been discussed, instead opting for an “open minded” approach.
“I think we’d have an open mind about where it could be attracted to,” George said.
“We’d have to work with the local authorities around that, it’s very early stages.
“It’s simply an idea that I think we should explore and I’m prepared to explore it with John and his team.
“We can all be a part of this and I think it would be wonderful for New Zealand, the game of rugby league and I know we’d get a huge amount of support.
“Where you’d do it, you’d try to do it at a sensible location that would give access to the game to as many people as possible.
“There are plenty of options and it’s very early days.”