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Originally Henry was actually part of the interview panel, who listened to former All Blacks wing John Kirwan detail his plan as potential head coach of the Blues, and the whole time he had a vision that his old Auckland mentor would link up with him if he was successful in getting the role.
"I wanted to contact Ted pre getting the interview, then he was put on the selection panel so I couldn't do that," Kirwan said to Auckland Now.
"(But) Graham was the first person I spoke to afterwards."
While there was musing that Henry could link up with the Blues, saying he was the best candidate to help the three-time champions, it was believed that the massively experienced rugby mentor might not want to be so close to a hot seat again.
However with Henry having a significant connection with the area, first at Auckland Grammar School and Kelston Boys’ High School – the latter as headmaster – there was always a chance he would return to his old stomping grounds.
Four consecutive NPC titles from 1993 to 1996 with Auckland led to Henry guiding the Blues to the first Super 12 crowns, going back-to-back in 1996 and 1997, before his Midas touch was applied in 2003 as a technical assistant – when the franchise won their third and last title.
"There wasn't much persuading that needed to be done (to come home)," Henry said, while the former All Blacks coach said he was merely feeding the coaching “disease”.
He would be with the Blues consistently, rather than filling the role he had this season where he worked with all five Kiwi franchises.
"It is a change of role from a NZRU contract, to a Blues contract," Henry said.
Sir Graham and Sir John will link up with Mick Byrne (forwards) and Grant Doorey (backs) as the four-man Blues coaching team.
Henry hoped that once again the Blues could go back to the days of championship glory, seen often when he was around with trademark notes in hand.
"It would be nice to repeat that success," he said.