Long-time Queensland assistant Michael Hagan says he’s reluctant to stay on under Mal Meninga’s successor, believing the Maroons set-up needs a shake up.
Hagan has not ruled himself out of staying on as part of the State of Origin champions’ staff next year, and is waiting to see who gets the nod to fill Meninga’s shoes as head coach before putting his hand up.
Hagan, who served as head coach from 2004-05 and as an assistant since 2010, said fresh faces were needed – an idea he believed was central to Meninga moving onto the Australian role.
He expressed a reticence to seek another term, believing the Maroons staff needed an injection of new blood after a sustained period of success that has reaped nine series wins over the last decade.
“I think they’ve recognised the players maybe need a change up,” Hagan said at the Jack Newton Celebrity Classic golf tournament in the Hunter Valley.
“As successful as it’s been, I think we’ve probably got to reinvigorate the program a little bit, some fresh ideas and some new staff around.
“Mal probably understands that too, he tried to change things up from having the same teams and the same camps, and I think the players are at a point where they need to be challenged a little bit more.”
North Queensland premiership-winner Paul Green looks set to be confirmed to take over from Meninga.
The decision to seemingly overlook Kevin Walters, who has served under Meninga for six years and has been groomed for the role, has been panned by his ex-teammates and Maroons greats.
Hagan said he would wait to see who is selected to replace Meninga before putting in his formal candidacy.
“I haven’t ruled myself out, but it’s about having that relationship with that person, whoever it’s going to be.”