The retired fast bowler will be remembered as one of Queensland's finest.

But such was his late-blooming career, and meteoric rise once he did arrive at the Bulls, the now 41-year-old had little to do with that pathway as a player.

Harris though will use those circumstances to his advantage as Queensland Cricket's new pathways coach and talent manager.

The position oversees Queensland youth cricket and its coaches, while he will also serve as a state selector alongside chair Chris Hartley.

The move follows several coaching appointments that came after his shock retirement on the eve of the 2015 Ashes tour.

Harris coached the 2018 and 2020 Australian under-19 World Cup campaigns and worked with both the men's and women's Australian teams.

He was also bowling coach with the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League last year and the Brisbane Heat in the BBL in 2019.

COVID-19 forced a Cricket Australia restructure that halted what seemed steady progress, but Harris is now happily up to his eyeballs in a pursuit he says offers the best of both worlds.

"It's quite a big role just learning what the pathways are in Queensland," he said.

"I'm going through it now and it's massive, with all the different leagues and associations, this game there, that game there - and that's only metro.

"Queensland Country is huge too.

"It's been great and I've got a bit of understanding now, but there's still a lot to learn about how it all works and what I need to do to keep it working or improve it."

"But my fresh eyes on it can be a good thing."

Harris spent the first half of his career trundling away in South Australia, before a move to the Gabba in 2008 almost immediately shot him into the Australian frame.

He debuted for Australia as a 29-year-old and injuries then did their best to stop him.

But Harris still finished with 113 wickets at 23.52 in 27 Tests and 44 wickets at 18.90 in 21 ODIs.

"The myth of the pathway is 'if you're not in the pathway you're not going to make it' and I don't think that's necessarily true," he said in a nod to his own career.

"Some mature a lot later than others and there's a good message in that and one we tried and get across to parents and players when I was at CA."

Other messages he'll push are a need for enjoyment in training and a desire for young country cricketers to resist a move to the Brisbane for as long as possible.

"I want younger kids, even up to 18, to play all sport. But I want them to excel in cricket and know there's a pathway in cricket, not be lost to football," he said.

"I also know the country areas lose a lot of the best to the city each year because they think they can't make it otherwise.

"They come to boarding school and play club cricket, which weakens country cricket and means they aren't being hardened as young kids playing against the adults.

"And kids, they get told different things by different people ... it's got to be simple, to the point and benefiting their skills.

"Don't try and make a 17-year-old a Test cricketer in a year or two and keep it enjoyable otherwise they'll be lost to the game anyway."

And when it comes to picking the first Bulls team this Sheffield Shield season?

"Sometimes it's gut feel, sometimes it's black and white, but most players pick themselves," Harris said.

"That's my theory but we'll see ... in 12 months that might be different."

The Bulls teams for the opening Marsh Sheffield Shield and Marsh One Day Cup games next week against Tasmania at Ian Healy Oval will be announced later this week.

Harris meanwhile has seen plenty of players of interest impress with performances in the opening rounds of the KFC Queensland Premier Cricket competition. A host of youngsters have produced eye-catching performances in the Kookaburra One Day competition as well as in Alan Pettigrew Shield (Second Grade) and the Lord's Taverners U-16 competition so far.