Kylie Hilder always held a long-term goal to coach NSW in women's State of Origin but she never imagined she'd be in the job just three months after hanging up the boots.
Hilder's appointment as NSW head coach last week marked a decade since a female was last in charge of the state.
The Forster-based mum-of-two will spend her weekends in Sydney over the next three months plotting revenge after Queensland enjoyed a breakout 24-18 win last year.
"I've knocked back some coaching gigs over the last couple of years because I didn't think I was ready but now is the perfect time to take over the team," Hilder told NRL.com.
"Having the experience at Origin and being that coach/player last year I feel like I know what we need and that's only going to benefit me.
"My Mondays consist of sitting on the computer and watching games at the moment, from Tarsha Gale Cup to Country Championships and recent trials in the Harvey Norman NSW premiership.
"It's a World Cup year and probably the beauty of it is every girl wants to be playing good footy because they want to go there.
"We're going to have a City-Country game in the lead-up to Origin so that will help, whereas last year Andy [Patmore] had to pick some girls around NRLW and a shortened state comp."
Hilder's main focus is the women's Origin clash set down for June 25 but she is keen to keep working with the Roosters in the NRLW and state competition.
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The 44-year-old denied suggestions of a possible conflict of interest with Origin selections moving forward.
"I still need to develop as a coach so I'm not worried about that because the 19 girls we had on the Sunshine Coast I had a really good relationship with them," Hilder said.
"I had that hat on as coach in camp anyway and I've got the respect there that the girls know I'm a coach.
"If anything I think it's going to benefit the girls. I played my best when I had a great relationship with the coach.
"You open up and if you've got issues you speak up. I also get a limited time with these girls so you need a relationship already.
"Every spot is up for grabs but the core group of girls will pick themselves. They've just got to continue playing their footy and with a World Cup I have no doubt that's what they'll be doing."
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Hilder said Helensburgh's inclusion in the state competition was "perfect" for the likes of Kezie Apps, Jess Sergis and Sam Bremner to be physically conditioned for busy schedule ahead.
The Tigerlillies join Glebe as the newcomers to the 11-team NSW competition that is expected to start later this month.
"They're playing week-in-week-out tough footy and that's only going to make them better players," Hilder said.
"Coming out of a not-too great NRLW campaign and the Illawarra competition they were playing in last year only had three teams.
"It can't be good for you as a player and the best thing is they're putting themselves in a position to make some changes."