Paul Gallen has no intention to retire from representative football, but regardless of whether the skipper straps on the boots for another campaign or not, he will leave a legacy that will live on through the crop of youngsters in generation next.
James Tamou, Aaron Woods, Trent Merrin and Boyd Cordner will lead NSW into what they hope is a bright blue future.
With the rest of the forward pack in the twilight of their careers, it's the younger Blues forwards who have been entrusted with the task of ensuring the changing of the guard doesn't lead to a repeat of what happened eight years ago.
Tamou, the most experienced of the younger Blues, knows that time is almost up for the likes of Gallen, Greg Bird, Ryan Hoffman, Luke Lewis and Anthony Watmough.
But it's his skipper who he has described as the man who epitomises what Origin is all about.
It's Gallen, who in five or 10 years, will be spoken about by Tamou when a debutant comes to him in need of some advice about Origin football.
"I really can't explain how highly I think of Gal," Tamou said.
"When people come to me in five years time asking about what Origin is like, he's the first thing I'll talk about. I'll be telling Gallen stories to everyone.
"I'll talk about how tough he was, how relentless he was. Just his ultimate competitiveness. Gallen will be the first thing that comes to my mind if a young bloke comes to me asking questions about Origin."
While Gallen and his senior allies have not enjoyed much success in a NSW jersey, their commitment to the cause has not gone unnoticed.
Woods, who made his Origin debut last year, knows he has the chance to be part of the Blues set-up for the next decade.
Having tasted what it's like to win an Origin series, the 23-year-old is hungry for more, knowing full well that he is only a few years away from having to develop into a leader of the pack.
"I look at blokes like Gal, he's been around for eight series trying to win one and he's 30 or 31 now," Woods said.
"I was lucky enough to do it when I was 23, but that's not going to stop me. I want to win more now. It's the best feeling in my life that I've felt and I just want more. I just have to look after my body and keep playing consistent footy. You can't be good one week and off for four. You have to be good each week. One day I do, but at the moment I'm just happy playing with Gal and some of the boys and I don't want to let any body down at the moment. One of the goals for every team I play in is to eventually be the leader.
"There's definitely a lot of young guys coming through. We've got Mez (Merrin) and Boyd Cordner and Jimmy Tamou, who is only 25. Everybody says we've got an old pack but in saying that we have got a lot of young guys too. We've got an opportunity and a challenge at the same time, and we're going to take that with both arms going forward for NSW."
While Tamou said he wasn't ready to start contemplating life after Gallen, he admits the pressure is on the shoulders of the young forwards to make sure there are no hiccups during the transition period over the next few years.
"He's the face of Origin every time it comes around and I havent thought about the fact that his time is almost up," Tamou said.
"I hope it's not for a few more years. I think that really puts the spotlight on us young guys coming through, like Woodsy, Merrin and Boyd Cordner as well. We've really got a job to do there, but if we stay together with the same staff and players, we'll be right."