The NSWRL will launch its own investigations into an AVO application against long-time staffer Matt Parish before determining whether he will play a role in this year's State of Origin series.
Suzanne Hadley, the former wife of broadcaster Ray Hadley, has applied for an AVO against former partner Matt Parish in relation to a number of alleged incidents between December 8 and December 30 last year. The matter has been adjourned to be heard in Manly Local Court on March 2.
Parish has been an assistant to Blues coach Laurie Daley for several years but has shifted into an analyst role for the upcoming campaign. NSWRL boss Dave Trodden said his organisation will seek further details before making a call on whether it's appropriate for Parish to be part of this year's Origin preparations.
"We don't know the specifics of the allegation so until we do know the specifics of the allegation it will be irresponsible to form any judgements at all," Trodden said at the NSWRL season launch.
"Having said that, we take allegations of domestic violence very seriously, as we must. It's something we will be investigating and dealing with in whatever fashion is appropriate when we find out.
"In having this brought to our notice, it is incumbent upon us to make some enquiries about it."
The Blues go into the upcoming series without a skipper after long-time leader Paul Gallen retired from representative football. Daley said much consideration will be given before naming a replacement given he will probably be in charge for "next five or six years, or possibly longer".
"We need a captain. That's one of the issues we need to address," Daley said.
"There's a number of guys we're looking at and I'm open to see who that guy will be.
"That will come through with performances and we'll see how they conduct themselves on and off the field over the next 10 or 11 weeks.
"It's a great opportunity for someone to put their hand up because they could be leading the team for the next five or six years, or possibly longer.
"That's what we're looking for, that person to create stability in that leadership role and be part of it for a long time."
Daley said club captains Aaron Woods, Matt Moylan and Boyd Cordner, as well as Canterbury forward Josh Jackson, were some of the contenders on the short list. While Robbie Farah, the vice captain to Gallen, was still a strong contender for the No.9 jersey, Daley said he would likely look to a younger player for the captaincy.
"[A long-term view] is the way to go," Daley said.
"We've got guys like Robbie play this year, he's captained NSW before. It's better off to make that transitional role where we go for a guy who can go for a number of years and start to put his own stamp on the team and his own leadership qualities.
"Guys can get to know him and know what is expected from the start."
Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce missed out on a Blues jersey last year due to his Australia Day indiscretion but remains in the mix for a halves spot.
"Yeah, I think so," Daley said. "At the back end of last year he played some really good footy. Depending on what he does at the start of the year and how he comes out of the blocks, that will determine where he is.
"We've got some good depth in the halves, which is good."