Push for Fit­tler to lift Blues

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

RUL­ING him­self out, An­drew Johns has en­dorsed Brad Fit­tler as the next NSW State of Ori­gin coach if Lau­rie Da­ley ex­its.

Fel­low NSW greats Johns and Fit­tler were thrown up as lead­ing coach­ing con­tenders in the wake of the Blues’ lat­est dispir­it­ing se­ries de­feat, the fourth in five years un­der Da­ley.

But Johns doesn’t want the job.

“I’ve seen what it does, es­pe­cially this se­ries, with the pres­sure on Lau­rie Da­ley but also ( Queens­land coach) Kevin Wal­ters was un­der. I don’t need that in my life,” Johns said on the Nine Net­work yes­ter­day.

“If Lau­rie was not to con­tinue, I think Brad Fit­tler served his ap­pren­tice­ship with ( NSW) City Coun­try. He’s had great suc­cess with the City team.”

Fit­tler re­fused to com­ment on his avail­abil­ity un­til Da­ley’s fu­ture was de­cided.

“At the mo­ment there’s no job and Lau­rie Da­ley is a re­ally good mate of mine,” Fit­tler said on the Nine Net­work.

That didn’t stop the for­mer NSW skip­per from call­ing on the state’s NRL play­ers to be­gin cam­paign­ing im­me­di­ately as the search con­tin­ues for play­ers to end Queens­land’s reign in State of Ori­gin.

Blues leg­end Brad Fit­tler.

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