The NZ Warriors are in talks with Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney about a possible role at the struggling NRL club.
It could potentially lead to him helping under-pressure coach Brian McClennan.
Kearney, who recently lost his job as head coach at the Parramatta Eels, will be meeting Warriors officials this weekend.
There have even been suggestions he could be in the coaching box alongside McClennan for Sunday's clash with the Panthers at Mt Smart Stadium.
Kearney had a highly successful stint as an assistant coach at the Melbourne Storm before taking over the Eels. He has had mixed results as Kiwis coach in the togh testy environment battling Australia.
The New Zealand Rugby League are anxious for Kearney to take up a more involved role in the New Zealand scene here and a position at the Warriors could work out as part of his shift from Sydney to Auckland.
Kearney admits he has "two or three" options to consider as he weighs up his next move in the game.
"There's another couple of reasons that I'm coming over. It's an opportunity to catch up with the Kiwi staff and, you know, sort of see if an opportunity presents itself at the Warriors," Kearney told Radio Sport today.
Kearney wants to stay in the NRL in some role and there was "an appeal" to being involved with the Warriors because of the talent at the club.
"With all that has transpired at Parramatta, I'm more determined to try and work something out and make something work. That hasn't changed," he said.
The Warriors' season review is already under way with the side falling out of playoffs contention after five consecutive losses that have placed heat on McClennan who is in his first season after taking over from Ivan Cleary who led the side to last year's grand final.
Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah said nothing had been finalised with Kearney.
"No offers have been made, no commitment's been given by Stephen, and no commitment by the club. We want to sit down and have a chat," Scurrah told the radio station.
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