Laurie Daley has confirmed he has met with New Zealand Rugby League officials to discuss taking over the Kiwis coaching role.
Daley is the fourth high-profile coach to meet with New Zealand officials after David Kidwell was axed in February following last year's World Cup quarter-finals exit.
Daley confirmed on Sky Sports Radio's Big Sports Breakfast on Thursday he had flown to New Zealand to discuss his own future this week after he was axed as NSW State of Origin mentor last year.
"I did go across to NZ and speak to them about the NZ coaching position," Daley said.
"It was an informal discussion, just where I'm at and where they are at.
"I've always said I would like to get back into coaching if it is the right circumstances."
The Kiwis next play in June's Denver Test against England, meaning a new coach is likely to be announced in the next two months.
Former Manly coach Geoff Toovey revealed earlier this month he'd also thrown his hat into the ring for the role, while the Seven Network reported Des Hasler had also flown over to meet with officials.
Michael Maguire is another to be linked to the role, having taken on a position with the NRL's referees ranks this year.
But after having endured four series losses in five years as NSW coach, Daley said he had a desire to fill the role being offered on a part-time basis.
"Most people were disappointed with how they performed at last year's World Cup," Daley said.
"And for international football to be strong we need a strong England and a strong New Zealand to be challenging Australia.
"The Warriors going well indicates New Zealand Rugby League will go well."
If Daley was to be awarded the job, it would pit him against former Canberra teammate Mal Meninga again after clashing as Origin coaches between 2013 and 2015.