Laurie Daley Revolutionises Squad With Youthful Revamp

The fans have spoken and Laurie Daley has listened.

In response to the growing cries for a roster shakeup, NSW will field an incredible 11 players aged 26 or younger in State of Origin II.

This side has a distinctively youthful feel about it, with veteran Anthony Watmough retiring and Beau Scott, Ryan Hoffman, Trent Hodkinson and Luke Lewis all becoming surplus to requirement.

In their places, a new, younger breed of NSW representative is emerging.

Just look at their ages: Dylan Walker (21), Jack Bird (21), David Klemmer (22), Tyson Frizell (24), Matt Moylan (25), Aaron Woods (25), Adam Reynolds (25), Josh Jackson (25), Josh Mansour (26), Blake Ferguson (26), Andrew Fifita (26).

It’s possible that these players will make up the core of the Blues team for the next decade and this has created a buzz within the team and their supporters.

“It’s very exciting,” Walker said.

“There are a lot of young boys coming in. Laurie has the future set. That’s good.

“There are so many new faces. There is a bit of an energetic vibe around the place. Especially ‘Birdy’ (Jack Bird), he’s got a bit of cheek about him, he’s good.

“We can’t wait to get up there to Suncorp. It’s a must-win game for us. We still have a lot of experienced guys in this side, too.”

NSW front-rower James Tamou said the youngsters’ enthusiasm has spread throughout the squad and he, too, made a special mention of Jack Bird.

“Young Jack Bird comes in — it’s a very young side,” he said.

“That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Enthusiasm can get you over the line sometimes at times and that is what young guys bring to a team.

“If ‘Gal’ does decide to go and this is his final year, that will be big. Gal has been there the whole time I have been in the State of Origin arena.

“He has been the main guy so when he decides to go, that would be the biggest difference I would recognise.”

Gallen prophesied that NSW fans would see the full impact of the new squad next year.

“Dylan, Jack Bird, Bryce Cartwright, a changing of the guard has started,’’ Gallen said.

“It probably started last year after we won the series in 2014. Luke Lewis, Anthony Watmough missed last year. Look at this year, Beau Scott, Ryan Hoffman. The young guys coming through will certainly be up to it by next year.”

NSW left their Coffs Harbour camp on Sunday to flight to Brisbane and will have Monday off before a light training on Tuesday.

Of all the youngsters in their squad, Ladbrokes have Blake Ferguson at the shortest odds to score a try at $2.35, while David Klemmer and Aaron Woods are long-shots at $9.50.

View all of the latest Ladbrokes odds and promotional markets for Game 2 here: State of Origin 2016.