Ricky Stuart has revealed his plans to spearhead NSW’s revenge mission next season, scuppering speculation he is set to walk away from the Origin post after just one season to coach the Cantterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.
In a reassuring message for his Blues stars, who urged their coach not to quit after NSW’s crushing series loss, Stuart said he remains determined to snap Queensland’s six-year stranglehold on State of Origin.
Stuart is contracted to NSW until the end of next year, but his Origin future appeared tenuous last month following speculation he was being lined up to replace Kevin Moore at Canterbury next season.
But Stuart yesterday made it clear he wanted to plot Queensland’s downfall in 2012.
Asked if he intended to stay on with the Blues next year, Stuart said: “Absolutely. I’ve loved it, absolutely loved it. The players all know I believe in them, that’s the big thing.
“I loved doing what I did this year, I loved coaching the side and the players made me love the job even more because they bought in on the program.”
Stuart has never shielded his desire to be an NRL career coach, but he reacted strongly to rumours he is poised to walk away from the Blues to succeed Moore at Belmore.
“I want to say this, I have not spoken to any club,” he said.
“You know what I’m like, I’m a pretty honest bloke. If I had spoken to a club, I wouldn’t bullshit about it, I just wouldn’t answer the question.
“I have not spoken to anyone.”