Ricky Stuart says if the wrong decision is made on the New South Wales rugby league coaching position, the door will be opened for Queensland to extend their State of Origin dynasty to a decade.
And Stuart isn't making that call any easier for Blues' officials by keeping his hat in the ring.
Despite agreeing to a three-year NRL coaching deal with Parramatta from 2013, Stuart will leave it up to the NSW Rugby League to decide whether his latest two-year Origin tenure should be ended.
Current NSW policy is that a club coach can't lead the Blues, but officials are reluctant to let go of such a passionate figure, who went so close to ending the Maroons' seven-year reign in the series just gone.
The General Manager Geoff Carr says the board want to "investigate all the opportunities" and stressed they wouldn't be rushing into a decision.
Stuart says he has unfinished business at Origin level, but urged NSW officials to make the "right decision".