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New set-up has NSW primed: Hayne

Steve Jancetic 04/07/2011 06:11:19 PM Comments (0)

Jarryd Hayne claims the restructuring of NSW's State of Origin set-up has the Blues better prepared than ever to end Queensland's dominance.

With NSW on the cusp of their first series win since 2005 in Wednesday night's series decider, Hayne said the planning and preparation that had gone into this year's campaign was unprecedented.

And he says having a coach without NRL club ties has been vital to the plans being carried out, with coach Ricky Stuart to focus all his energies into plotting Queensland's downfall.

"Stick (Stuart) knows what he wants and he's got the whole week sorted - he knows what's going on before it even happens, and when we do it everything just flows," Hayne said.

"He's had the time to prepare for it and that shows.

"This is my fifth series now - sometimes in those other series you've felt a bit rushed and we were doing a lot just to fit it in, everything was crammed in where Stick's just `this is how we're doing it' and it's set us up really well."

But while Stuart put together a program which has the Blues on track for success, his future as NSW coach is up in the air.

The former Sydney Roosters and Cronulla mentor has been linked with a return to the NRL ranks with Canterbury in 2012, with their coach Kevin Moore allegedly given a fortnight to save his job.

That would seemingly spell the end of his second tour of duty as Blues coach, with a return to the days of a coach sharing his time between a club and Origin commitments unlikely.

Hayne said Stuart had helped develop a culture within the Blues squad from the moment the Eels superstar joined a core group of players - such as skipper Paul Gallen, Kurt Gidley and Greg Bird - to discuss plans in mid-January.

Even when he was overlooked by Stuart for game one, Hayne admitted he never felt like he was on the outer looking in.

"I couldn't do anything with the selection process, that's the way they saw it," Hayne said.

"Obviously I respected their decision and in the end that was it.

"I just had to play footy and work my way back into the team, and I was back in there next game."

And as he prepares for one of the biggest games of his life, Hayne said he wasn't feeling burdened by the expectations that come with being one of NSW's key attacking weapons.

"Expectation doesn't do a whole lot to me - I feel like I've got the maturity just to go out there and play my game," Hayne said.

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