Local blues die-hard Josh Sullivan has already begun explaining to coworkers why New South Wales will win the State of Origin this year.

Work colleague Ash Barton said that Sullivan, 29, usually starts carrying on about Origin around this time of year, before reaching fever pitch the week of game Game One.

“I feel so bad for him, like he gets incredibly excited for it and it’s tough to watch the deflation mid-way through Game 2 or 3,” Barton said.

Sullivan said that he knows NSW haven’t had the best go of it lately but this year they are “genuine favourites.”

“If you look at the potential teams, player v player, we have a better team on paper,” Sullivan said.

“Easily. Easily better,” he then said to our reporters, as if he was trying to convince himself.

“Honestly, our forward pack is way better this year. We should bash them in the middle, and then let The Fox (Josh Ado-Carr) and Tommy Turbo (Tom Trbojevic) dot down on the edges,” he said.

“No Smith, No Thurston. A Billy Slater that needs to be put together with a drill and a screwdriver, it has to be our year.”

“It’s gonna be brilliant when we wipe the fucking smile of the Maroons faces. I can just see it now.”

Colleague Barton said Sullivan was pretty bad last year after the Game 2 loss.

“He was crushed, throwing around comments like; “How many boats did Cam Smith give the fckn ref this year,” and; “it’s just fucked. How can we win when it’s rigged?””

Sullivan confirmed that NSW has to win this year for his sanity.

“I can’t do it anymore, I spend months getting wound up, and in a flash it’s all over and I am saying to myself, ah well always next year. I have spent my entire 20’s doing that mate. I don’t know where my life’s gone.”

“When Darren Lockyer retires, when Jonathan Thurston retires, when Smith retires, fuck me dead, I’m over these whens. I really need the boys to step up this year, and I’m telling you they will.”


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