Former Blues skipper Danny Buderus has been appointed NSW State of Origin assistant coach only a few weeks after Brad Fittler got the top job.
The NSWRL on Sunday announced the Newcastle legend would take on the role as the Blues plot to break the stranglehold of Queensland, who have won 11 of the past 12 Origin series.
Last month Fittler was named as coach, replacing Laurie Daley.
Buderus and Fittler played alongside eachother for NSW between 2002 and 2004.
Buderus made 21 Origin appearances and captained the Blues to consecutive series victories in 2004 and 2005 before the wins dried up.
The former Knights hooker coached the NSW under-20s to victory over Queensland this year and has worked as an assistant at the Knights since his NRL retirement in 2013. He was briefly Newcastle’s head coach after Rick Stone was sacked in 2015.
"It's a special and exciting time to be a part of the NSWRL set-up and the new regime under Brad," Buderus said.
"Everyone knows what the Blues jersey means to Freddy. For me, it's about who has gone before you and leaving the jersey in a better place."
Another former Blues forward, Paul Sironen, has been added to the Blues' management team as has North Queensland football manager Peter Parr.