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.”