Wayne Smith's leaving the door open for a return to New Zealand Rugby's payroll.
Tonight's Rugby Championship test against South Africa in Albany is Smith's final test at home before retirement from the All Blacks coaching staff.
The 209-test veteran across playing and coaching plans to take most of next year off for family and travel, but has already discussed a potential new role with NZR.
"The job that I love at the moment is going to Super Rugby franchises because I've coached most of the coaches and I love that relationship so potentially there's an opportunity for me there in the future.'
LISTEN ABOVE as All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith talks to Tony Veitch ahead of his final test on home soil tonight. Smith has coached 174 games for the world champions and has 35 caps as a player.