Coach Laurie Daley has ruled out Robbie Farah succeeding Paul Gallen as NSW State of Origin skipper, indicating he wants a younger leader.
He has nominated Aaron Woods (25), Boyd Cordner (24), Josh Jackson (25) and Wade Graham (25) as the contenders.
With longtime captain Gallen playing his final Origin match in Wednesday’s dead rubber game three at ANZ Stadium, speculation is mounting over who will take the reins next year.
Veteran hooker Farah, 32, says he isn’t approaching the match as his final interstate fixture and, as vice-captain, could have been in line for the job if able to hold his spot.
However Daley ruled out that possibility on Tuesday, saying he would look to install another long-term skipper.
“Next year you will see one of the younger guys take on that responsibility,” Daley said.
“Once Gal has moved on I think one of them will step up into this role.
“I am been very impressed with a number of them, depending on how they perform and develop over the next 12 months it will definitely be one of them.”
Of the four men Daley nominated, only Wests Tigers skipper Woods is a current NRL captain.
“It will be a decision from the (NSWRL) board but my thoughts are it will be one of those guys who are there for the long term,” Daley said.
“For Woods, like all of those guys it always takes time to feel comfortable in our environment and he is now more at ease as a leader. At the start he was probably unsure of himself,” Daley said.
“But he has that leadership quality, he demands respect and the guys follow him.
“He is unfazed by it all and he is certainly a leading contender.”