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Michael Hagan says no to Queensland but open to assist Mal Meninga with Kangaroos

PREMIERSHIP-winning Knights coach Michael Hagan has confirmed his interest in assistingMal Meninga rebuildthe Kangaroos.

After resigningas Knights football directorlast month, Hagan this weekruled himself out as the successor to Meninga at the helm of theQueensland Origin side.

However, the 51-year-old, who coached Queensland in 2002-03,admittedfollowing his long-term friend into the national set-up hadappeal.

‘‘We haven’t talked about that but Mal and I work really well together,’’ Hagantold reporters.

‘‘If that opportunity came along, I’d have to consider that, for sure.’’

The Kangaroos have slipped to No.2 in the Rugby League International Federation worldrankings.

The Kiwis knocked them off top spot after a 26-12 win in the Anzac Test in Brisbane in May.

That victory was New Zealand’s third in a row against – the first time they had achieved that feat in 61 years – and followedback-to-back wins over the Kangaroos in the 2014 Four Nations Series

After steering a dominate Queensland side for a decade, Meninga will be in charge of the Kangaroos for the next four years.

“I think this was a natural progression for Mal,’’ Hagan told the Herald on Meninga’sappointment.

“He will lift the Kangaroos’ profile and he will do an exceptional job.’’

Haganand Meninga‘s relationship extends to1989, when they played for Queensland together.

Hagan was Meninga’s reserve-grade coach at Canberra in 1998 and 1999, before reuniting at the Maroons in 2010, and guiding themto five series victories in six years.

Kevin Walters isfavourite for theMaroons job.

“I had my run with it and I feel I can offer more as one of the senior staffers rather than being out in front again,” Hagan said.

Hagan left the Knights 12 months into a two-year contract after his job descriptionaltered under arestructure ofthe club’s support-staff.

The National Rugby League are unlikely to appoint Meninga’sstaff until closer to the 2016 Anzac Test, which is tipped to be played at Hunter Stadium.

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