Stuart eyes dual role

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Newly appointed Parramatta coach Ricky Stuart has not ruled himself out of staying involved with New South Wales
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Newly appointed Parramatta coach Ricky Stuart has not ruled himself out of staying involved with New …

New Parramatta coach Ricky Stuart said he would only stay involved with the Blues if he was head coach but will leave it up to the New South Wales Rugby League to decide if he can do both roles.

Stuart will return to club coaching with the Eels in 2013 after confirming a three-year deal with the NRL battlers on Friday.

But the appointment now calls into question Stuart's future with the Blues, with the NSWRL keen to stick with their policy of having a stand-alone coach for State of Origin.

Stuart, who has been at the NSW helm for 2-1 series defeats in the past two years, warned it was vital NSW officials made the right call going forward or Queensland would continue to dominate. The 45-year-old said he feels like he has unfinished business at Origin level but would wait until a meeting with the NSWRL next week to decide the next move.

"Let me tell you, if they don't make the right decision in the coming weeks in regards to NSW, Queensland will go on and win 10 series in a row," Stuart said.

Asked if he still wanted the Origin job, Stuart said: "It hasn't been offered to me so that's not a decision for me.

"I'm certainly not walking away from Origin, I loved Origin, I don't need to try and explain that, but I'm not walking away.

"This is an opportunity that I've be waiting for, I've been waiting for an opportunity that I'm comfortable with and it's arrived."

Parramatta chairman Roy Spagnolo said the club had yet to speak with Stuart about the possibility of performing both roles but refused to rule it out entirely.

"That's just a work in progress," Spagnolo said. "At the moment Ricky's just focused on getting our club back to a winning culture and that's basically all we've discussed with Ricky at this stage."

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