“At the end of the day, I’m a Queenslander. This team means a lot to me. It always has.
“It has been a big part of my life for the majority of my life and now I get the opportunity to help other people, not only fulfil their dream, but inspire a whole state.”
— Queensland Maroons (@QLDmaroons) September 23, 2021
Billy Slater, who won 30 caps for the Kangaroos, has little experience of coaching and is expected to turn to former Queensland team-mates Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston for his support team. Moreover, Wayne Bennett has been touted for a possible mentoring role.
He added: “It would be irresponsible not to lean on some great people around the Queensland State of Origin team that have been there in the past, that have been successful.
“I thought it was important that I had to commit first, then we’ll put the pieces of the puzzle together.”
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