Thu July 5, 2012 6:53am
AFTER coming within one point of stopping Queensland from a seventh consecutive series win, NSW coach Ricky Stuart was last night asked if he had ''unfinished business'' in the job.
''Look at the scoreboard, mate,'' Stuart replied in the best indication yet that he may not walk away from the Blues to take up an NRL club coaching job. ''I absolutely love this,'' Stuart said. ''I don't love this moment right now but … I haven't even thought about it but I absolutely love what I am doing at the moment.''
Stuart, who has spent the past two years as NSW's first full-time Origin mentor, has been linked to a number of club jobs for next season and Blues officials plan to meet with him now the series is over to discuss his future.
Despite Stuart having failed to end the Maroons' domination of Origin, they still believe he is the best man for the job and it was widely acknowledged that the NSW team narrowed the gap this year.
Stuart and NSW officials had agreed to put talks about next season on hold until the series was over but the Herald was told that now that it is, they would meet soon to discuss the job. Under Stuart, the NSW players have this year shown a self belief they have not possessed in the previous six years of Queensland domination and at no time has that been more evident than last night.
After being the best team in the first two matches, the Blues were outplayed by Queensland last night but managed to draw level nine minutes from full-time after Josh Morris out-jumped Darius Boyd for Robbie Farah kick and Todd Carney converted from the