Laurie Daley won’t be lost to coaching and hasn’t ruled out a move to an NRL club somewhere down the track, according to his manager.
Daley was on Friday dumped as NSW State of Origin coach by the NSWRL board following their State of Origin series loss to Queensland this year.
Despite Daley having more wins on his resume than any NSW Origin coach other than Phil Gould, the NSWRL decided they needed a fresh start after four series defeats over the last five years.
Over the last decade Daley has also coached NSW Country, the Prime Minister’s XIII and Indigenous All Stars.
Daley’s manager Steve Gillis said while his client hadn’t had time to cast his thoughts to his next challenge, he expected him to remain in coaching.
“He hasn’t given any great thought to it,” Gillis told AAP.
“Personally, I think coaching is on the menu somewhere for him. It’s something he will consider down the track.
“He enjoys it, he’s good at it and he’s had some success at it. It’s certainly hasn’t been ruled out going forward but it’s still early days.
“The time would need to be right, the opportunity would need to be right, the club would need to be right.”
Daley coached NSW to six wins and nine losses and was responsible for guiding them to their drought-breaking 2014 series victory.
After taking game one in Brisbane this year, the Blues appeared to have the ageing Queensland side on the rack before Kevin Walters’ Maroons staged a stirring series fightback.
The NSWRL board considered extending Daley’s contract however opted not to renew his deal and to restructure the Blues coaching set up.
Gillis said club football remained an option for the former Canberra, NSW and Australian great once the dust settles on the fallout.
“He’s a great competitor so I think he feels there’s probably something to prove to some people,” Gillis said.
“It’s something he’ll probably explore further as times goes on.”