Outstanding fullback Jarryd Hayne was thrilled the number of people who turned out in Coffs Harbour's City Centre to see the team presented with keys to the city.
Outstanding fullback Jarryd Hayne was thrilled the number of people who turned out in Coffs Harbour's City Centre to see the team presented with keys to the city. Trevor Veale

Coffs awards victorious Blues the keys to the city

HUNDREDS of league fans swamped Coffs Harbour's City Square on Wednesday afternoon to get up close and personal to their state of origin heroes.

The all-conquering Blues were welcomed back to their adopted home in fine style, with the mayor of Coffs Harbour, Cr Denise Knight, bestowing the team and all it's players with the keys to the city.

The players arrived in a fleet of vintage and veteran cars from their camp at Novotel Pacific Bay Resort to wild adulation with the biggest screams reserved for coach Laurie Daley, captain Paul Gallen and Parramatta Eels star Jarryd Hayne.

Both Daley and Gallen acknowledged the contribution being based in Coffs Harbour had had on the teams success.

Daley was full of praise for the training facilities initially developed at Pacifc Bay Resort for the Wallabies while appearing 

stunned when handed a massive ceremonial key by 'Blues Harbour' Mayor Denise Knight that will be mounted for permanent display in the Council Chambers.

Smaller keys were presented to players and members of the management staff.

"This is just amazing, we never expected this," Daley said.

"The people of Coffs Harbour have taken us to their hearts, made us one of their own.

"It's great.

"That's what rugby league is all about, bringing people together."

A fleet of classic cars from the C.ex Coffs Car Club brought the Blues into the city from their base before spending time signing autographs and mingling with fans and supporters.

Gallen told the throng of fans how much the players enjoyed all that Coffs Harbour offerred, and particularly its beaches and restaurants.



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