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Bluey's back - but don't expect to see former Warriors coach Brian McClennan in a regular top-level coaching role any time soon.

Last week McClennan accepted the job of coaching the Super League Exiles team to play England in the annual International Origin game this week - with the game due to be played in Warrington on June 14.

Yet while the game will likely see him coaching the likes of former NRL stars Joel Monaghan, Brent Webb and Lance Hohaia, he isn't interested in coaching first-grade league any time soon.

The former Kiwis coach poured cold water on rumours connecting him to the vacant job at Super League strugglers Salford City, saying a return to top-level league is not in his plans at the moment.

"I've started a business up here [in Whangaparaoa], I've got two boys and a girl who are settled in school here - so no, I'm just concentrating on those things instead," McClennan said.

McClennan's name had been touted alongside that of former Bradford, Wigan and Great Britain coach Brian Noble and Kangaroos boss Tim Sheens to take over at Salford, who sacked Phil Veivers three weeks ago. McClennan said that while he is enjoying a return to a more family-orientated life in 2013, the chance to coach in the one-off encounter is "exciting".

"You can have the politics, I just enjoy the footy.

"It's just a good chance to get over there and catch up with some old friends, some friends I made over in Leeds," the 50-year-old said.

"It's a pretty decent match because we'll be playing the England team, and this is a very important step for them, with their World Cup aspirations.

"That would be true of any World Cup year, but given that it's on their shores this year, it's a pretty important build-up for them."

Less than a year into a two-season contract with the Warriors, McClennan was sacked last August after the side crashed to a six-game losing streak under his watch towards the end of the season.

McClennan's replacement, Matt Elliott, is yet to win a game as Warriors coach, heading into the club's third match of the 2013 NRL against the Sharks in Sydney today.

The under-fire Warriors have currently lost 10 straight first-grade games - a club record, and the longest active losing streak in the NRL.

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