McNamara ‘in no rush’ over new England deal

England coach Steve McNamara says he is ‘in no rush’ over a new deal following his side’s series win over New Zealand, despite his contract with the RFL having now expired.

England beat the Kiwis 20-14 at the DW Stadium on Saturday to clinch the three-game series – England’s first series win over either New Zealand or Australia since 2007.

“We will sit down, assess it and look at it,” said McNamara via BBC Sport. “These are the sort of things you deal with post-tournament, there is a process and I’m in no rush.”

The former Hull FC, Bradford, Wakefield and Huddersfield loose forward took charge of the national team in 2010 and has overseen 25 games, winning 13, losing 11 and drawing once.

The 44 year-old has also been attack coach at NRL side Sydney Roosters for the past two years but is currently out of contract with them, although he has reportedly agreed a new deal.

However, McNamara refused to be drawn on his future, and instead reflected on England’s success over the Kiwis: “It’s an incredible feeling,” he said. “The players completely deserve it after working tirelessly.

“Success hasn’t until this point come for the team, but thankfully they’ve finally got what they deserve.

“New Zealand are the number one team in the world and have dominated international rugby league in a physical sense. We’ve been able to match that in three consecutive games.

“We’ve got quality and experience to add to our group.

“We’ve got a good, young bunch that is ready to play for a number of years so the signs are pretty strong for us moving forward, particularly now we’ve got across the line.”


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