Brad Fittler is backing NSW's young talent to turn the tables in State of Origin.
Brad Fittler is backing NSW's young talent to turn the tables in State of Origin. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Young talent has Fittler fired up about Blues' future

RUGBY LEAGUE: Former Blues skipper Brad Fittler wants to build a Queensland-like State of Origin dynasty if he wins the New South Wales coaching job.

The Blues' most-capped player and seven-time series winner, Fittler wants to be Laurie Daley's successor.

"Who wouldn't want it? At the moment, NSW, you've got (Tom) Trbojevic coming through, Jack Bird, (James) Tedesco, all these super exciting players,” Fittler said on Fox Sports' NRL 360.

Jack Bird at a Blues training session during this year's series.
Jack Bird at a Blues training session during this year's series. DAVE HUNT

"They're going to put heaps of pressure on the players that have been there the last couple of years.

"So I just think the next person to coach NSW, and I've put my hand up with some other people, and it's just a really ripe time to not only hopefully win some series, but I think hopefully there's a few superstars there and we can really ride on the back of them.

"A bit like Queensland have done with the Thurstons and Slaters and these type of players.”

Brad Fittler (right) is hoping to replace Laurie Daley as NSW State of Origin coach.
Brad Fittler (right) is hoping to replace Laurie Daley as NSW State of Origin coach. DAN PELED

Fittler said he would be interested in adding former NSW playing and coaching greats Andrew Johns and Phil Gould as coaching advisors or assistants.

He said the Blues must also learn from the likes of Thurston, Slater, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith, who have displayed incredible consistency during Queensland's decade of dominance at Origin level.

"So we most probably need to take the way they're playing week in and week out and, if we can engage with some of our players and can get them to that level, I think that just helps our sport unbelievably in NSW,” Fittler said.

"The main thing is I've got the time to do it.

"So they've got a process to go through and I believe they're making their decision at the end of November, so I wish them all the best and, yeah, I'd love to do it.”


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