Advisor reveals Blues hooker already decided

Laine Clark
Advisor reveals Blues hooker already decided

A decision on who will wear NSW's No.9 jersey has already been made, according to Greg Alexander.

And the Blues advisor doesn't expect anything to change the selectors' minds before the team is named for June 6's State of Origin opener.

But that was all Alexander was willing to give away as speculation mounted over who would get the hooker nod between South Sydney's Damien Cook, St George Ilawarra's Cameron McInnes and Manly's Apisai Koroisau.

Asked if NSW had already made a decision on their No.9, Alexander told Fox Sports' NRL 360: "Yes."

Alexander then revealed he didn't expect selectors to alter their call after this weekend's NRL action before the team was named.

"I don't think so, no," he said.

But Alexander was coy when asked if NSW were considering picking two form hookers and using one on the bench against Queensland.

Cook and McInnes have been battling it out. Pic: Getty

"No, you can't push it (question) further," Alexander laughed.

Alexander did reveal Koroisau had the early running for the NSW gig but hinted at a two-way race between McInnes and Cook before Blues selectors reveal their team next week.

Koroisau has been denied a final chance to impress NSW selectors this weekend before the team is named after copping a one-match ban for being third man in during a last round melee against Melbourne.

"It has been a race in three since the start of the season," Alexander said.

"Koroisau at the start of the season I thought may have been ahead of both Cook and McInnes but Api has suffered a bit with Manly having that run of five losses.

"That doesn't take away what Api can bring to a team. I think he is a great No.9 but McInnes and Cook have continually lifted the bar.

"They were both very good on the weekend.

"Damien Cook has obviously been reading the paper, listening to what people are saying about his chances (judging by his form)."