Gus a Blues long shot

“At this stage I have no plans to meet Gus” … NSWRL general manager Geoff Carr.NSW RUGBY LEAGUE directors privately concede they doubt Phil Gould will coach the Blues next season but have asked general manager Geoff Carr to request an answer.

The NSWRL board met yesterday with the appointment of a replacement for Ricky Stuart the most pressing issue and Carr will now speak to potential candidates, including Gould.

Former NSW stars Trent Barrett, Laurie Daley and Brad Fittler are also in contention following Stuart’s decision to rule himself out to concentrate on his new role as Parramatta coach.

”It is going to be my brief to talk to as many people as I can,” Carr said. ”I have no plans to meet Gus but when you are trying to discuss candidates it is hard to do so if you don’t know whether they are in or out. It is my job to find out who is available and there is no doubt I will need to do that with Gus.” Barrett, Fittler and Daley have all publicly declared their interest.

Meanwhile, South Sydney forward Sam Burgess said he would not change his playing style because of a suspension hanging over his head in the finals if he is charged with any offence by the match review committee. Burgess can play against Manly on Friday but has 93 carryover points after pleading guilty to a grade-two careless high tackle on Gold Coast fullback William Zillman.

”I think I will be alright, obviously it’s not ideal to carry over points,” Burgess said. ”We’ll see what happens over the next few weeks and hopefully I will be playing.”

The 23-year-old England star expects to extend his contract with Souths beyond next season.

Manly prop Darcy Lussick has been suspended for two matches after pleading guilty to striking North Queensland forward Ashton Sims last Saturday.

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