Blues returning to Coogee for Origin base camp
NSW's private coastal State of Origin camps may soon return to the Blues' spiritual base at Coogee Beach.
The Blues based themselves at Coffs Harbour between 2014 and 2016 before moving closer to the Queensland border at Kingscliff this year.
But possible incoming coaches Brad Fittler and Andrew Johns revealed yesterday they would prefer NSW to return to Sydney's east in a bid to make the Blues great again.
The Blues were based in Coogee during the 1990s and 2000s.
Fittler said he had not been approached to replace Laurie Daley, while Johns wouldn't commit when asked whether he would consider becoming a NSW assistant coach.
"You have to see what contracts they have in place, if they have contracts,” Fittler told The Sunday Footy Show. "But I love the idea of being in Sydney. That was the centre of the State of Origin team for a long time. I'm a fan of Coogee.
"The area's great and you're (in the middle) of the bustle and that's what you want.
"I don't think you want to be put aside and talk to no one and then be shocked by the pressure of a game like Origin.”
NSW famously won the series against Queensland when they first shifted to Coffs Harbour in 2014.
It is still unknown whether they will set up camp again at The Star next season.
Johns also supported a return to Coogee.
"The routine when we played was always Coogee,” Johns said.
"It was familiar.
"You'd walk down and have a swim in the morning, do your weights down the road, you'd walk down and train at Coogee Oval.
"Everything was there. In your spare time you'd play golf or go for a surf or go to Bondi Junction to shop or the movies. Routine is so important.”
Johns confirmed he would consider taking a role with NSW if asked.
"I'd have to give it plenty of thought,'' he said.
"The jersey means everything to me.
"Representing my state was one of the highest things that ever happened to me in my rugby league career.”