Gallen to help pick next NSW captain

Gallen to help pick next NSW captain

Retiring skipper Paul Gallen says he will work with the NSW coach to help select the next Blues captain.

But Queensland leader Cameron Smith has already made his mind up – prop Aaron Woods.

The curtain will be drawn on Gallen’s State of Origin career in Wednesday night’s game three clash at ANZ Stadium.

Gallen volunteered to help hand pick – and mould – the next Blues leader.

He hoped to work on the project with besieged NSW coach Laurie Daley next year.

“I’ll discuss that with Laurie over the next 12 months – I’m happy to help out there,” he said of the next captain.

“I’m happy to talk to any of the boys who need help in getting to that next level.”

Gallen nominated Wests Tigers skipper Aaron Woods, Sydney Roosters backrower Boyd Cordner and Cronulla’s Wade Graham as candidates.

“That’s a tough question, I knew that would come up today,” he said.

“Woods is a captain already, Wade Graham’s a captain in the making, Boyd Cordner.

“There’s a lot of guys but I don’t want to put the pressure on anyone.”

Queensland skipper Smith admitted he would miss Gallen next year but wasted little time offering up a prospective replacement.

“Aaron Woods is a club captain at the moment,” Smith said of 1- Origin prop Woods who took over the Wests Tigers leadership role this year.

“I would dare say he would be well in the mix to take over.”

Gallen may be poised to walk away but Smith did not agree with speculation Daley should follow him.

Two years after emerging as NSW’s saviour, Daley is facing the axe as the Blues assess yet another failed Origin campaign.

The 2014 Origin winning coach’s time appears up at NSW after losing his second straight series.

Craig Bellamy is the only Blues coach in Origin history to have not been sacked after two consecutive series defeats.

“I think he is a great guy and a wonderful coach – he understands the game,” Smith said of Daley.

“Whether he stays or goes is totally out of our control.

“But he is good enough to stay there and coach them.”

Smith said it would be sad to see Daley go after putting his stamp on the Blues side by injecting new blood.

Queensland are bracing for Daley’s latest discovery – rookie fullback James Tedesco.

“He has got some youth coming through at the moment – Jack Bird and Tyson Frizell,” he said.

“And Tedesco, he’s an extremely dangerous player.

“If he gets plenty of opportunities he will really hurt us.”

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