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Laurie Daley keen to receive advice from selection panel

New South Wales coach Laurie Daley
New South Wales coach Laurie Daley David Nielsen

NEW South Wales coach Laurie Daley will not have a shortage of opinions on how to snap Queensland's seven-series winning streak next year.

Last year's Blues coach Ricky Stuart will join him and Bob Fulton on the selection panel, while his large team of assistants already includes Brad Fittler, Trent Barrett and Matt Parish.

Blues legends Glenn Lazarus and Steve Roach also helped Stuart prepare his troops last year, and Daley has indicated he would be keen to use the advice of past players.

But the former champion Raiders five-eighth denied the Blues' coaching set-up has become an old boys' club, with Daley to relish a diversity of ideas in his first term as NSW coach.

"I enjoy having a range of ideas around me and it's a good learning experience.

"You soon see which opinions are the right ones," he said.

As well as not having a shortage of helpers, Daley will even get to see up close what makes some of the Maroons' biggest names tick when he coaches the Indigenous All Stars against the NRL All Stars at Suncorp Stadium on February 9.

Last year's Indigenous All Stars team included Queensland drawcards Greg Inglis, Justin Hodges, Johnathan Thurston and Sam Thaiday, with Daley's team losing 36-28 to his Wayne Bennett-coached opposition.

But Daley won't be withholding any secrets from his Maroons players leading up to the pre-season blockbuster.

"I don't need to hold anything back - it's more me understanding how the players want to play and how I adapt to that," he said.

Daley also denied his time at the helm of the Indigenous All Stars would compromise his preparations for next year's Origin series.

"It hasn't been too bad (with the Indigenous All Stars' preparations). Everything has been put in place already, so it's just been a matter of me working around that," he said.

The three-time premiership winner with the Raiders also said he would have an Emerging Blues squad identified by the end of this week.

While Daley said time wasn't an issue with his preparations for the All-Stars and Origin games, it isn't something Brisbane Broncos star Jharal Yow Yeh has on his side.

The winger said he had seen plenty of good signs since the horrific season-ending ankle injury he suffered against South Sydney back in March, but was still a long way off playing.

"I've come a long way since March. I wouldn't say I'm ready for any games yet, but I'll be back sometime next year," he said."

Contact is still a bit far away for me yet. I'm still getting into the skills part of things and once I get through that, I'll be able to throw the shoulders around a little bit."

Topics:  blues, laurie daley, raiders, rugby league



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