Queensland Reds boss Ewen McKenzie has committed to the Super Rugby champions until 2014, but the possibility of him taking over from Robbie Deans as Wallabies coach in 2013 has not been ruled out.
The former 51 Test prop forward moved to Brisbane in 2009 after a five-year spell in Sydney coaching the Waratahs and inherited a team that had become one of the whipping boys of the Super Rugby competition.
The turnaround since he has been at the franchise has been astonishing, with McKenzie bringing through an exciting generation of stars that showed an impressive ability to adapt their game to the opposition as they marched to their first Super Rugby title last year.
The franchise has delivered both on and off the field since the end of the 2009 season when they finished second-last in front of dwindling Super Rugby crowds, and last season saw them compete well with other codes such as rugby league that have tended to dominate in Queensland.
It is clear that the Reds are intent on building a dynasty of success by harnessing the massive support base they built up last year and McKenzie is central to those plans.
He commented: "We've done a good job the last couple of years, but there's still a lot of work to be done and a number of challenges ahead in the current landscape.
"As you've seen, we're already working around the 2014 window with the recent re-signing of Digby Ioane, Jake Schatz and Adam Wallace-Harrison.
"We have a good idea of what lies ahead and what needs to be achieved in Queensland in terms of the future success of our code and I have given my commitment to being part of it," he explained.
However, Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) chief executive Jim Carmichael did not rule out the possibility of McKenzie being set free to take over from Deans after the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia in 2013.
The QRU are banking on Deans being retained for longer than that but Carmichael explained that if the outlook does change then they would be open to negotiation with the Australian Rugby Union.
"That's a fair way down the track and there would have to be a fair amount of dialogue that all parties are involved in to allow the delivery to be right for the game," Carmichael said.
McKenzie missed out to Deans last time round, and many believe him to be the logical successor to Deans including ARU boss John O'Neill who revealed that McKenzie is a part of their long term plans in October.
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