BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 05: West Tigers coach Michael Maguire speaks to the media after his team's defeat during the round 25 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Moreton Daily Stadium, on September 05, 2021, in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

Canberra Raiders assistant and New Zealand Kiwis head coach Michael Maguire is expected to have made a call on whether he will take over the NSW Blues job by the end of next week.

The impending decision for the NSWRL and Maguire, while widely expected, has led to plenty of speculation for both the Canberra Raiders and New Zealand national side.

Maguire, who was sacked by the Wests Tigers in the middle of the 2022 season, spent the 2023 campaign as the right-hand man to Ricky Stuart in the nation's capital at the Canberra Raiders, while also continuing his role as head coach of the Kiwis.

That saw his side take out the Pacific Cup last week, administering the heaviest defeat in history to the Kangaroos in the tune of a 30-0 beatdown during a sparsely attended final in Hamilton.

Reports have suggested both the Kiwis and Raiders will be forced to weigh up their options over Maguire's future if he does indeed take on the Blues job, despite the fact the NSWRL have reportedly changed their tune on the coaching job, with Brad Fittler's exit seeing it switch from a full-time all year round role, to a part-time one.

It could have allowed a club head coach take over, of which Ricky Stuart and Craig Bellamy were at one point linked to the job.

Speaking on SENZ Radio though, Maguire said he has no intentions of dropping the Kiwis job in taking up the NSW one.

“After the special month I just had, I want more and more of it,” Maguire told SENZ Afternoons.

“I wish it was my team each week because we'd be having a lot of fun. “I really enjoy coaching the Kiwis and it's something that I want to do for a long time.”

Set to a backdrop of the next Rugby League World Cup being just three years away and likely to be held in the Southern Hemisphere, it's a team Maguire wants to keep coaching.

It comes amid speculation that Australian coach Mal Meninga is about to have his contract extended by the ARL.

While Maguire might be able to cling onto the New Zealand role along with the Blues one, The Canberra Times is reporting it's unlikely the Raiders will be quite as friendly over the situation, likely to cut ties with Maguire if he becomes an Origin coach.

It's understood the Canberra board wants the coaching staff to be fully focused on the club in what could be a moving year for the green machine.