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Walters poised to keep job

- PETER BADEL

KEVIN Walters is eyeing a 12month contract extension as the Broncos coach outlined his ‘Awesome Foursome’ strategic plan to deliver Brisbane’s next premiershi­p.

Walters is reportedly ready to kick off negotiatio­ns with Brisbane hierarchy in the first step towards an upgraded deal to keep the rookie NRL coach at Red Hill for the 2023 season.

At the end of Brisbane’s season in a fortnight, Walters will sit down for discussion­s with chairman Karl Morris, CEO Dave Donaghy and head of football Ben Ikin to map out the Broncos’ future.

Walters is focused on finishing the season with consecutiv­e wins from Brisbane’s final two games, including this Saturday’s showdown with Cronulla at Suncorp Stadium.

But it is understood Walters has the backing of Broncos heavy hitters to receive a oneyear extension and ramp up his Red Hill revolution after inheriting a wooden-spoon team from Anthony Seibold.

Walters is off contract at the end of 2022, but the coach believes Brisbane are on the cusp of hitting back to play finals football next season and he is keen for a second term.

There is a view in Brisbane’s corridors of power that Walters’ rebuilding phase is beginning to show signs of genuine promise, as evidenced by the Broncos’ improved form over the past six weeks.

Walters (pictured) last week said he wanted the Broncos to “cart me out of here”.

Now he hopes to go into the 2022 pre-season armed with a contract upgrade to continue Brisbane’s quest for front-office stability.

The Broncos are mired in the longest premiershi­p drought in their history, spanning 15 years, but Walters would relish a chance to forge a title-winning union with Morris, Donaghy and Ikin.

“Karl, Dave and Ben have been great for me personally,” Walters said. “I do want to be here long-term. I didn’t accept this job to be here for just two years and get moved on.

“Good things are happening at this club.”

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