during game two of the State Of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on June 21, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.

Brad Fittler is expected to be announced as New South Wales’ head coach as early as tomorrow.

Fittler and Michael Maguire are the front-runners to replace Laurie Daley, however, Fittler is expected to be given the nod.

Tomorrow’s press release will be held at Star City – NSW’s sponsor – alongside Blues chairman George Peponis.

Guiding an adversity-struck Lebanon side in this year’s World Cup, and working with a number of players and teams in recent years, Fittler has gained valuable experience with the next generation of origin players.

The man entrusted to end Queensland’s decade-long reign, has 194 days to lead his side to Origin glory.

Laurie Daley remains in contact with the pair, having played alongside Maguire at Canberra, and alongside Fittler at representative level. He believes Fittler’s thirty-one caps for NSW can ensure future success for the Blues.

“I think it does (help) because it’s different to any other game,” Daley said at the launch of the Festival of Indigenous Rugby League on Thursday.

“It’s a really big build up. It’s like three grand finals in six weeks and the roller-coaster you have is very emotional.

“If you don’t understand it and you get caught up in it you can lose sight and focus.”

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