NRL legend Brad Fittler has been confirmed as the new coach of the State of Origin NSW Blues.
The much-anticipated announcement was made in Sydney on Friday, with NWSRL CEO David Trodden saying he couldn’t be happier with the appointment.
“In the last few years, Fittler has made a massive impression on everyone in the NSWRL with the work he has done with our KARI City Origin team and our pathways teams,” Trodden said.
“He has achieved outstanding success with these teams and in reality, he has spent those years preparing for the role which he has now been appointed to.
“NSWRL is in for a great ride and sustained success in the next few years beckons.”
NSWRL Chairman of the Board Dr George Peponis said a number of highly qualified candidates expressed an interest in the position, but Fittler was a unanimous decision.
“I have no doubt that any one of them could have done a great job if the Board had decided to appoint them,” he said.
“Ultimately, the Board was unanimous in the view that Brad Fittler should be appointed to the position.”
It’s understood Fittler, who is replacing Laurie Daley, has already been in contact with Andrew Johns and Phil Gould about involving them in some capacity during his time as NSW coach.
— NRL (@NRL) November 24, 2017