NRL stars Dale Finucane, Felise Kaufusi again Melbourne Storm legend Billy Slater for Queensland Maroons State of Origin teaching job

The prospect of Storm and Queensland legend Billy Slater teaching the Maroons has Felise Kaufusi excited and Dale Finucane frightened.

Each of his former Storm teammates insist Slater, who has a three-year deal on the desk from the QRL to succeed departed coach Paul Inexperienced, would do an impressive job within the function.

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NSW Blues ahead Finucane, when requested if he was involved concerning the prospect of Slater guiding the Maroons, mentioned, “Oh yeah, definitely.”

“I understand how a lot consideration to element Billy has with a group,” Finucane mentioned.

“At the same time as a participant, he was a coach. From a tactical standpoint he can have a excessive expectation of what he expects from everybody.

“Coming from the Melbourne Storm system as nicely he would have discovered loads from Craig Bellamy and I believe he’ll make an impressive coach, though if I’m within the NSW facet I wouldn’t wish to be on the receiving finish of his teaching.”

Slater (centre) and Finucane (proper) had been Storm teammates for 4 seasons. Image: Mark Kolbe/Getty PhotosSupply: Getty Photos

Kaufusi, who has performed 12 Origins beneath Kevin Walters, Wayne Bennett and Inexperienced, mentioned Slater could be excellent within the function after a wonderful 31-game Maroons profession as a participant.

“It’s simply the fervour he has for the sport, not simply in clubland however for that Maroons jersey,” Kaufusi mentioned.

“Then there may be his footy IQ. He is without doubt one of the smartest gamers and has a very good grip on the place the sport is heading so could be a very good match for that Origin area.

“He has lived by it. When he speaks everybody listens to what he has to say.”

Kaufusi mentioned Slater not having coached a group earlier than was not a difficulty. He mentioned as a part of the Queensland assist workers as a marketing consultant, Slater had confirmed his capabilities.

“He has been teaching me my complete profession on the Storm,” Kaufusi mentioned.

“And he’s nonetheless teaching whether or not he likes it or not, simply in conferences fixing up our strategies. The one distinction would be the title subsequent to his identify if he will get it.”

In video periods Kaufusi mentioned Slater was a grasp.

“It’s simply the finer particulars that he picks up on. That’s big. He sees issues that different gamers and coaches don’t see,” Kaufusi mentioned.

Kaufusi mentioned he had no difficulty with Inexperienced as a coach after the Maroons’ 2-1 collection loss.

“We fell actually brief and that was on us gamers after we bought flogged the primary two video games,” he mentioned.

“We confirmed within the final recreation what we’re able to. We took a step in the proper course and we’re hoping to proceed that subsequent 12 months with (Inexperienced), however now they’ve gone another way.

“Whoever is available in, whether it is Billy Slater, will probably be a breath of contemporary air and get us on high once more.”

Inexperienced’s successor will probably be tasked with reclaiming the Origin protect, which the Maroons final held in 2020. Image: Bradley Kanaris/Getty PhotosSupply: Getty Photos

After a stellar profession with the membership, Finucane mentioned it was lastly sinking in that he was leaving the Storm subsequent 12 months for the Sharks forward of the preliminary last on Saturday week towards both the Panthers or Eels.

“The very fact it’s doubtlessly my final recreation or two video games is one thing that I’ve simply mirrored on this week, given the video games prior weren’t do or die,” he mentioned.

“Now any recreation we lose from right here is my final. It isn’t one thing that can have an effect on me emotionally going into the sport. I’ll nonetheless have the identical preparation and mindset.”

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