Former NSW State of Origin NRL player Peter Sterling watches a training session in Sydney.
Former NSW State of Origin NRL player Peter Sterling watches a training session in Sydney. PAUL MILLER

Blues legend considers quitting Origin advisory role

RUGBY league legend Peter Sterling could walk away from his new role as NSW adviser after just one series.

Sterling made the shock revelation on Triple M radio on Saturday morning when asked if he will stick around for the 2018 State of Origin campaign.

He was brought in as key adviser to coach Laurie Daley this year after NSW Rugby League's staff cleanout.

But after a horror series loss to Queensland and a week of intense scrutiny from media and fans alike, Sterling admits it's taken its toll.

"I don't know. I thought so but I'm not so sure now," Sterling said of his chances of retaining the job for next year.

"It has a way of maybe beating a little bit of passion out of you unfortunately, as to what the last week has been like.

"When you lose you put yourself in that situation and that's the nature of the beats. Whether I want to be a part of that beast again I'm not quite sure.

"If you lose you open yourself up to the slings and the arrows. I've just been disappointed with some of the slings and some of the arrows."

Sterling's exit could follow that of Daley, who is yet to confirm whether he wants to remain coach beyond this year or not.

Daley has won just one of five series in charge, and his contract with NSWRL has expired.

"I haven't spoken to Laurie. I did the day after Origin, things have changed a little bit since then," Sterling said.

"Laurie's the man for the job if he wants to be.

"He's really well placed there, he's started a lot of things he would like to finish, but I'm not sure what's happened over the last week.

"I don't know if if'ts something he would be keen to take on.

 

NSW State of Origin coach Laurie Daley arrives for a team media call in Sydney.
NSW State of Origin coach Laurie Daley arrives for a team media call in Sydney. PAUL MILLER

"I've deliberately stayed out of his way - I think he needs some space and he's taken that.

"There's been some criticism that he hasn't been front and centre, but I know how draining it is and no one has done it tougher out of that campaign than Laurie."

Sterling took the opportunity to have a dig at a number of commentators who have weighed in on the debate since NSW's shocking game three loss.

He slammed the idea from former Blues player Matty Johns that NSW players shouldn't be paid unless they won games.

But Sterling admitted the Origin III performance wasn't up to scratch.

"It was terrible. We weren't in it from the kick off and the game should have been over by half time," he said.

"They were playing poorly but they were hanging in."

Sterling hasn't re-watched the game yet, but plans on doing so in an effort to pinpoint where NSW went wrong.

News Corp Australia


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