Gold Coast are poised to name their next NRL coach next week, with Queensland State of Origin boss Kevin Walters the favourite for the role.
The Titans board is reportedly set to offer Walters the job, despite the 51-year-old indicating he wouldn't be applying for the position when Garth Brennan was sacked earlier this month.
The news Walters is all but over the line looks to have ruled out another candidate in St Helens boss Justin Holbrook, with reports on emerging on Friday that he had withdrawn his application.
Interim Titans coach Craig Hodges said he and his staff were paying no attention to the speculation ahead of Saturday's southeast Queensland derby with Brisbane at Cbus Super Stadium.
"It's certainly a lot more outside noise than inside," Hodges said on Friday.
"Players - and I mean this respectfully - players are very simple creatures, they just want to play.
"All the other stuff that goes on, that's probably more exciting for their friends and family and people that know them."
If Walters gets the nod, it'll be the first NRL head coaching role for the six-time premiership-winning player.
After a two-season stint in charge of Super League team Catalans in France, Walters held assistant roles with Brisbane, Newcastle and Melbourne before being appointed Queensland coach in 2015.
He won the first two Origin campaigns he was in charge of the Maroons but was unable to prevent NSW winning the 2018 and 2019 series.
Broncos coach Anthony Seibold believes Walters would be a good fit for the Titans.
"He's shown for a long period of time that he's passionate about coaching," Seibold said.
"If Kevvie wanted to do that, there's no doubt he could be an NRL coach."
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