On the back of a successful Origin series win, the New South Wales Rugby League and Laurie Daley have opted to continue their tenure together, with Daley re-signing as coach until 2017.
The new deal is a 2-year extension on his current deal, with the NSW Origin winning coach still having a year left to run on his previous deal.
Introducing new plans, methods and ideas into NSW Origin camp over the last few years, Daley is committed to continuing his role and maintaining the current success of the group.
â€œThis process has just started,â€ Daley said.
â€œIt was an amazing year for everyone in NSW, and we look forward to building on what we achieved in this yearâ€™s series.
â€œItâ€™s a special job and I am one of the lucky ones to be given the opportunity by the board of the NSWRL, and Iâ€™d like to thank Dr George Peponis, the other directors and chief executive David Trodden for the faith they have shown in me. Their support has been phenomenal.
â€œAs an organisation and a team, we have strived for professionalism and that process has been made much easier by that support, as well as the work being done by everyone in the NSWRL.”
Daley, who enjoyed a successful Origin career as a player, knows how much of a role the fans play in winning and he was grateful for their support in helping them get over the line.
â€œI feel this is one of the best jobs in Australian sport. I really enjoyed working with the players this year and am looking forward to our squad evolving over the next few years,” said Daley.
â€œIâ€™d also like to thank the supporters, who played a massive role in our success this year. I know that the players really fed off their energy, and the support that the VB Blues have received is one of the reasons I wanted to continue in the role.â€
The board themselves are thrilled to retain Daley as coach, with NSWRL Chairman George Peponis praising Daley for his efforts.
â€œThe board is absolutely thrilled with the job that Laurie has done since he took on the role and we are certainly excited about the future knowing that he will be coaching the squad until at least the 2017 series,â€ Dr Peponis said.
â€œHe deserves to continue what he has started. The job isnâ€™t finished for us as an organisation by any stretch of the imagination. We obviously want to be as successful as possible and we believe Laurie is the right man to continue to take us in that direction.â€
NSWRL Chief Executive Dave Trodden also weighed in on the debate, as he too is pleased to retain Daley.
â€œThis year Laurie proved himself to be the outstanding coach and the great leader that everyone knew he was, and to secure his services until the end of 2017 is a significant coup for our organisation,” said Trodden.