Owner and chairman Eric Watson has confirmed that the New Zealand Warriors are keen to enlist Laurie Daley’s services to assist his former teammate and current Warriors coach Andrew McFadden.
Daley is being sought as an advisor and the question arises of how stepping into such a role would affect his NSW State of Origin commitments, but Watson dropped strong implications that both sides are proceeding forward.
One possible role for Daley, according to Warriors chief executive Jim Doyle, would be that of football director, where he could influence many different aspects of the operation.
Daley and McFadden played together on the Canberra Raiders.
The Warriors also had an interest in luring former All Blacks coach Wayne Smith to the ranks, but Smith expressed reluctance.
Daley seems to be focused on his State of Origin position, but the option of moving into an advisory role with the Warriors would be something that is likely to receive due consideration.
NSW policy concerning Origin coaches prohibits that coach from consideration if he is a current NRL coach, so Daley took over Origin in 2013 when another of his former Canberra teammates, Ricky Stuart, got the job coaching the Parramatta Eels, which he left shortly thereafter to continue his coaching career with the Raiders.