Koroisau was fined $50,000 after he invited a woman into the team hotel the night before Game 2 of the 2021 State of Origin series, despite the team - and entire competition at the time - being in a tight COVID bubble.
All three games of the 2021 series were played in Queensland as New South Wales and Victoria grappled with a worsening COVID outbreak, the competition in its entirety eventually shifted north of the Tweed.
"The door isn't closed on Api. I've always said that everything comes into consideration, People make mistakes", Fittler told the publication.
Blake Ferguson was one player who [overcame adversity and returned]. Fergo not only came back to play Origin, he threw the final pass for ‘Teddy’ [James Tedesco] to win game three in 2019. I wish him all the best through his latest drama.
“You lose a lot of trust, but day by day you can start building that trust up again. Since that has all happened, Api has knuckled down and gone off to win a grand final.
We’ve still got 71 days [until game one]. He’s going really well, even though Penrith have a few players out already. He’s definitely still eligible.”
With the South Sydney Rabbitohs off to a poor start to 2022 and Cook playing far from his best rugby league, he will need to regain some form to hold onto his Blues jersey, despite being one of their best since he joined the squad in 2018.
"He came up with a couple poor tackles in the early rounds, but he's tried hard, and he's in a side that looked disjointed before last week's Roosters game," Fittler said
"Cooky has always shown his class, and under pressure he stands up."