Former Blues captain Laurie Daley has been appointed Ricky Stuart's successor as New South Wales coach for the next two seasons.
Weeks after Stuart ruled himself out of continuing in the role he had held for the past two years, following his appointment as Parramatta's new coach, the NSW Rugby League confirmed Daley's elevation to the top job.
Daley's appointment pits him against former Canberra team-mate Mal Meninga. He acknowledged the magnitude of the task confronting him. "It is (a big ask) but it's an exciting challenge," he told Fox Sports.
"Ricky Stuart's done a fantastic job closing the gap between Queensland and NSW and I want to continue on from his legacy and leave my own legacy.
"I know that I can get the job done - I know it's going to be very difficult - but I'm confident in the players NSW have developed over the last couple of years.
"We're not far away."
As well as making his living as a commentator with Channel Nine and Fox Sports following his glittering playing career with Canberra, NSW and Australia, Daley has also been Country Origin coach, Indigenous All Stars coach and a Blues assistant.
A dual premiership player with the Raiders as well as captain of successful Blues Origin teams, Daley was also formerly a NSW selector.
He has promised to leave no stone unturned in attempting to end the Maroons' run.
"I will approach my coaching exactly the same way as I approached my playing days," he said. "That is to be full on and make sure our preparation and my preparation is meticulous."