There has been a significant player drain at NSW in recent times and whatever side runs out at the beginning of next year will be completely different to the one which took the field in 2019 at the end of Daryl Gibson’s time in charge.
The Waratahs have invested heavily in youth but struggled to retain senior figures or attract others to the franchise in the current climate.
There has been no shortage of uncertainty regarding next year, largely due to the fact Rugby Australia has not finalised a broadcast deal, meaning NSW do not know how much they money they will have at their disposal to pay its footballers.
Maddocks, who left NSW to begin his Super Rugby career at the Melbourne Rebels, returned home earlier this year and has been one of the Waratahs’ best in Super Rugby AU.
He has has done well at fullback in the absence of Kurtley Beale and will push for a Wallabies jersey later this year.
Maddocks played eight Tests in 2018 yet was overlooked last year and at the World Cup despite travelling to Japan with the team before the tournament began.
On top of Beale, who left before Super Rugby AU, the Waratahs will next year be without incumbent captain Rob Simmons, Tom Robertson, as well as Michael Hooper for the majority of the season, given the Wallabies skipper has been granted a sabbatical in Japan.
Last week NSW re-signed No.10 Will Harrison on a three-year deal but there are a number of senior players, such as Jack Dempsey and Karmichael Hunt, whose futures still need to be sorted.