SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 10: Blues coach Brad Fittler looks on during game three of the 2019 State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on July 10, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

New South Wales coach Brad Fittler plans to stay on in his role beyond 2020, but hasn’t yet ruled out the prospect of leading an NRL club.

The 47-year old’s name will undoubtedly come up in when coaching roles become vacant, with the Newcastle Knights job set to open up at the end of the year.

However, Fittler is enjoying his time at Channel Nine and in Origin right now without looking too far ahead.

“I’d never say never,” Fittler told The Sydney Morning Herald.

“When you coach at this Origin level you do have those desires to do it again.

“But it is full bore. It’s all-consuming and you need to want that. At the moment I love what I do with Nine and NSW.

“From an age point of view, I’m not getting too old. If you look at your Wayne Bennetts and Craig Bellamys, I’m still young, and if anything that energy you need as a head coach doesn’t come with youth, it comes with being able to cope with pressure and all those other things.

“I wouldn’t say ‘no’ to anything any more. I’m 47. The one thing I’ve learned is the older you become the more appropriate coaching becomes. Whatever I learned the first time around at the Roosters I put in place for Origin, especially with relationships and the coaching staff.”

Fittler’s contract with the Blues expires at the end of next season, but he is keen to stay on.

“I’d love to keep doing it, and I think the chats have started [about a new deal],” Fittler said.

NSW Rugby League boss Dave Trodden also envisioned Fittler would be sticking around for longer.

“Freddy is a great asset to our organisation and I hope he continues to be NSW coach well into the future.”


  1. Filter would be one who actually makes sense to get the best out of the knights.
    Knights clearly need an experienced coach not the assistants they are talking too, nothing against them just where knights are they need experience to take them to their ability.
    Filter or Toovey could do that, just hope Toovey doesn’t and he stays around manly more

  2. If he ends up coaching the Knights who will become take over as head scout for the roosters?
    Will probably do both.

  3. Roosters Junior Academy is otherwise referred to as North Sydney Bears.
    BTW EDSybil, which junior competition are the Kensington Saints part of where Billy Smith played his junior football?

  4. EdSybil they went out of business did they?
    Better get up with the times dopey and better still call Billy Smith’s dad a souths fan and ask him which junior club his son played for.

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