Cameron Smith has opened up on the possibility of coaching the Maroons after he retires from the NRL.
The 34-year-old is contracted until the end of 2018 but has hinted that he could go around for another two or three seasons.
The most capped Origin player of all time has represented Queensland 42 times making him an ideal candidate to take up the role following his playing days.
Former Maroons coach Mal Meninga proved to be the greatest Queensland mentor of all time winning nine series from ten attempts after an illustrious playing career.
Known for his tactical nouse, Smith is viewed as an ideal candidate to hold the clipboard.
And with current coach Kevin Walters expected to take over from 67-year-old Wayne Bennett at the Broncos in the next year or two, the timing could be perfect for Smith to take the reins for his state.
“That will be an option in the future for sure,” Smith told Channel Seven.
“I will want to stay invloved in the game."
But as far as club coaching at NRL level goes, Smith was adamant in his stance.
“I have seen what Craig Bellamy goes through and what his family goes through and I don’t know if I could do that,” he said.
Smith will lead Australia out against England in Saturday's World Cup Final in Brisbane and says claiming the title in Australia would be extra special.
“Without a doubt, winning a World Cup on home soil would be at the top of the tree as far as my Test career,” he said.
“It was one of the greatest feelings that I’ve had winning that World Cup in the UK. But that wouldn’t really match up against a win here on home soil.
“I’ve had an opportunity once before in 2008 and we didn’t get the job done that night. It would be nice to be able to get a win next week. We have to play well to achieve that.”