Coaching the Blues for a third consecutive series – and not an NRL club – has emerged as the most likely option for Ricky Stuart beyond this year.
Despite rampant speculation that he is poised to replace either David Furner at the Canberra Raiders or Stephen Kearney at the Parramatta Eels next season, several sources close to Stuart have strongly advised against rushing into the first NRL job offered to him.
Stuart, who for the last two years has been NSW’s first full-time coach, on Sunday maintained his stance when pressed about his future next year.
“I don’t want to go there,” he said. “I’m not really too concerned and all I am concerned about is this game. That’s as honest as I can be about it.”
Stuart’s manager John Fordham said no NRL clubs had approached him – and that another year at the helm of NSW remained a distinct possibility.