Wighton's selection was no surprise. Fittler's fondness isn't a secret. He's a big body and can play almost any position.
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Comfortability with Wighton and reluctance to blood two debutant centres (with Kotoni Staggs also named) weighed on Fittler's mind.
“Jack has had five games at left centre for us and they’ve all been good, and he’s been a part of our group for a long time,” Fittler told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“Bringing new people into the group is always a positive and an enlightening thing to do, but you need to put them around people who have been there before.
“I think it would have been risky. Jack had a couple of weeks off and he looks really fresh. His last two games have really helped me with the decision.
“Jack actually looks fast again. He’s always tough and willing. It’s hard to work out what position is his best, be it five-eighth, centre or fullback, but he’s just so wholehearted."
Able to play any position other than front row, fans were confused as to why Wighton wasn't named as a bench utility.
Crichton, who gained experience in the 2021 extended squad, is ready for any role.
“I’ve played fullback, wing centre the only position I haven’t played is hooker and front-row. Wherever Freddy needs me I’ll play,” Crichton said.
“Josh has been down on form,” Fittler said.
“Daniel has played his way into the side. He was here two years ago and was one of our best players. He was playing back in 2014 when NSW won the series. [Wighton] knows what it takes to beat Queensland."
“What ‘Foxx’ brings to the team not just on the field but off it, it was a hard decision. It was a tough decision. But Daniel deserves it.”