After much speculation as to whether he would get the job, the NSWRL have today confirmed that Brad Fittler has been appointed as the new NSW Blues coach for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
The position was highly sought after by numerous coaches with experience at the highest level but in the end, the decision was made to go with Fittler.
“Given the importance of this appointment, the Board has taken the appropriate amount of time to fully consider the issue,” said NSWRL Chairman, George Peponis.
“A number of highly qualified candidates expressed an interest in the position. I have no doubt that any one of them could have done a great job if the Board had decided to appoint them.
Ultimately, the Board was unanimous in the view that Brad Fittler should be appointed to the position.”
Peponis praised Fittler’s qualifications and made mention of his solid RLWC outing as Lebanon coach as they look forward to seeing what he can produce as NSWRL coach.
“Brad’s qualifications for the role are impeccable and his standing within the game is pre-eminent,” continued Peponis.
“His recent efforts in the Rugby League World Cup with Lebanon serve as a reminder of his talents as a coach and they provide a window into the exciting future which he will bring the New South Wales State of Origin team.”
Equally pleased was NSWRL Chief Executive David Trodden, who praised Fittler for his appointment as well as for his previous work with the NSWRL.
“I couldn’t be happier for Freddy with this appointment,” Trodden said.
“In the last few years, he 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.
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.”