Great Britain and England coach Wayne Bennett has revealed he wants to remain in charge of both teams.
Bennett’s contact comes to an at the end of this series in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, but the Australian wants to be in charge when Australia tour next year and for the 2021 World Cup.
He told the Mirror’s Julie Stott: “My contract is up at the end of this series and I would like to stay on but it is not up to me to make that decision.
“I’m not worried about that part, I’m just worried about making sure we have a strong squad for the long term future.”
Bennett has revealed the reason why he didn’t call up any new players following serious injuries to Oliver Gildart and Ryan Hall.
He added: “I did not see the point of bringing someone out from England on Monday to play Saturday when he has not trained with us. I am happy to give these boys opportunities and see what we have got going forward.”
The head coach also revealed players who have not yet featured will be in action against Papua New Guinea next weekend – so expect to see the likes of George Williams, Blake Austin and Jake Trueman out on the field.