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Sheens unsure about Kangaroos future

Australia coach Tim Sheens admits he's unsure about his future despite leading the side to Rugby League World Cup glory over New Zealand at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Sheens unsure about Kangaroos future
by AAP

By Ian McCullough

MANCHESTER, England, Nov 30 AAP - Australia coach Tim Sheens admits he's unsure about his future despite leading the side to Rugby League World Cup glory over New Zealand at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The 63-year-old is on a rolling one-year contract which is up for renewal at the end of next month but keen to return to the NRL as a coach, having been axed by the Wests Tigers at the end of the 2012 season.

Sheens was heavily linked with the St George Illawarra job before Steve Price signed a 12-month deal on Anzac Day this year and met with Parramatta in October to discuss filling the role left by Ricky Stuart.

That position has since been filled by Brad Arthur but having guided the Kangaroos to a first World Cup since 2000, the four-time premiership-winning coach's stock will be high once again.

It seems unlikely ARL chairman John Grant would look for a fresh face to replace Sheens who added the World Cup to the Four Nations tournament he won in 2011, but the coach said he'd been told nothing by his employers.

"I am going to have a little bit of time off now, but it is out of my hands now, the people who run the game will decide that," Sheens said.

"If it's not for me then I can say I've had a great five years. We have both trophies in the cupboard now and we are just going to enjoy having the trophy in our dressing room.

"But I am not going to speculate one way or another about whether I'll be staying on."

Kiwi coach Stephen Kearney also said he would reflect on his future after failing to repeat the success of 2008 when he led the side to victory over the Kangaroos in the final at Suncorp Stadium.

Kearney is not believed to be under any pressure from the NZRL, but said he hadn't made up his mind whether to stay on in 2014.

"I'll go away and think about it, I have a bit of reflecting to do," Kearney said.

"It's been five years so I don't know, we'll just have to wait and see.

"It's an hour after losing the world cup final so it's probably not a good time to make a decision,

"I want to take some time away to think what is best for the team and what's best for me."




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