Cathy Adams

Barrett keen to coach the Blues

FORMER State of Origin rugby league captain Trent Barrett would love nothing more than to coach the Blues in 2013.

Barrett revealed that coach Ricky Stuart had met with NSW officials yesterday to discuss his future after signing a three-year contract to coach NRL club the Parramatta Eels in 2013.

The former St George Illawarra and Cronulla Sharks five-eighth was the assistant coach in the 2012 Origin series.

He is on a short-list, with other former Origin players Brad Fittler and Laurie Daley, to take over if Stuart stands aside.

"Yeah, definitely interested and it will all probably come to a head in the next week," Barrett said.

"Regardless of what happens I'd definitely like to be involved again somehow."

Barrett was in Lismore yesterday and put Trinity Catholic College and St Carthage's Primary School students through their paces as part of the NRL One Community program.

He hasn't ruled out following Stuart to the Eels next season.

"It all depends on what happens with this NSW stuff but I'll just wait and see," Barrett said.

"He (Stuart) will instila good attitude there and they'll have a disciplined footy team.

"I think it might take them the best part of 18 months before they get the results - it definitely won't happen overnight."

Barrett said it was difficult to choose between the Dragons and Cronulla as the NRL reaches the business end of the season.

He played at St George Illawarra for a decade and had a two-year stint with Wigan in the English Super League before finishing his career with the Sharks in 2010.

"I was following the Sharks but they're on a bit of a downhill at the moment and the Dragons are coming good," he said.

"I keep my eye on both of them.

"I have friends in both camps so it really doesn't worry who wins.

"It would be nice to see them both make the semi-finals but the Sharks need to hit some form pretty quickly because they're in danger of missing the eight."

Barrett also visited Rous Public School yesterday and Marist Brothers Rams senior rugby league training last night.



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