The NSW Blues will continue with their policy of not selecting a coach with NRL club ties.

The NSWRL board has today released a statement confirming the existing policy will continue, ruling out the likes of Craig Bellamy and Ricky Stuart for the job.

The NSWRL has been actively looking for a new coach since Laurie Daley was dropped from the position back in August.

There have been a number of rumoured candidates for the job that currently do not have any NRL affiliation.

Andrew Johns, Geoff Toovey and the recently sacked Des Hasler have all mentioned but the most likely candidate seems to be Brad Fittler.

Read the full statement below:

The NSW Rugby League Board today met to discuss the process for appointing a new State of Origin coach.

In the course of doing so the Board considered the existing policy for appointing a coach who has no current NRL club affiliation. The board decided to affirm this policy.

NSWRL will now embark on a process of identifying suitable candidates who fulfil the qualification of having no current NRL club affiliation.

The Board has not fixed a time frame within which this process will take place. The clear objective of the process is to find the best possible candidate rather than to be constrained by time limits.

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