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Walters plays down Titans NRL coaching gig

Queensland coach Kevin Walters hasn’t spoken to Gold Coast about the vacant Titans role but says it would take something “very special” for him to leave his State of Origin job.

Responding to speculation he was the leading contender to replace Neil Henry following his sacking earlier the week, Walters refused to rule out taking the Titans job.

But he insisted he had not spoken to the club. Titans boss Graham Annesley also said on Wednesday that no process to replace Henry was yet under way.

“I haven’t had any talks whatsoever with the Titans about the possibility of me going there and coaching – that’s just non-existent,” Walters told Fox Sports’ Queenslanders Only.

“If and when I do make that step into the NRL, it’s got to be a job that suits me and fits the type of coach that I am.

“Is that the Titans? I don’t know.”

Walters was quick to point out to his three-year deal with the Maroons as a reason why he would not take the job.

“I really love doing my Origin job and it would take something really special to remove me from that situation,” Walters said.

“The (Titans) job doesn’t interest me because I’m currently contracted.

“If I go outside those boundaries I put my position at the Queensland Rugby League in jeopardy, which I don’t want to do.

“I’m still on a high from Origin. I want to get into the NRL at some stage but I just don’t think that right now it’s appropriate to be talking about it.”

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga urged the Titans to be proactive in their search for a new coach.

“They need to rebuild the club because they would have lost a lot of trust, a lot of respect (over) the last few days,” Meninga.

Queensland great Justin Hodges was less diplomatic, describing the Titans as “a mess of a joint”.

Titans forward Jarrod Wallace, who made his Origin debut for Queensland this year, said he would welcome a reunion with Walters.

“He’s a really good guy and players would obviously get along with him if he was here,” he said.

“I love Kevvie, had him at the Broncos and he was a good assistant up there and obviously had him at Queensland … he’d be a really respected coach.

“Origin is a lot different, but he’s been around the whole full-time coaching role for a while.”

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