Kevin Walters has signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him as head coach of Queensland through the 2021 State of Origin series.

Having initially won his first two series against New South Wales with the Maroons, Walters has overseen back to back defeats in 2018 and 2019.

However, the Maroons have opted to go with stability rather than change direction under a new coach.

Walters said: “I believe that the Maroons are in a position of strength and I am excited about the future of our Origin team.

“While I am pleased to get the contract talks finalised for next year, my focus is on the 2020 series in November.”

The 2020 State of Origin series was originally scheduled to begin on June 3 with the opening game at Adelaide Oval.

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the NRL season, the series was rescheduled and the three matches will be held on consecutive weekends from November 4.