Storm stars on Fittler’s NSW radar
NEW NSW Blues State of Origin coach Brad Fittler says a stack of Melbourne Storm players will be strongly considered for next year’s Origin opener at the MCG.
Queensland has won 11 of the past 12 Origin series and Fittler has been charged with trying to end the long-standing humiliation of his home state.
Storm has fed the Queensland side for many years but not too many Blues players have come from Craig Bellamy’s all-conquering Melbourne team.
That could change in 2018 with Fittler declaring Storm premiership players Dale Finucane and Josh Addo-Carr strongly in the frame for selection.
“They will be absolutely considered, and also young Curtis Scott,” Fittler said.
“He’s 20-years old and he’s won a grand final with Melbourne, which is pretty impressive.
“There are a few blokes down there (in the frame), and anyone under Craig Bellamy gets the most out of themselves.
“So they’d be some of the first players I’d lean towards if we know they can handle the big occasions well.”
Fittler’s first game in charge as Blues coach will be in Melbourne on Wednesday, June 6 next year.
Origin will return to Melbourne following the success of 2015, when just over 91,000 packed out the MCG to watch NSW edge out Queensland in Game 2.
The first time Origin was played at the MCG was in 1994, and Fittler was playing for the Blues that night.
“It was awesome. I loved walking out of the tunnel and it reminded me of the old Wembley,” Fittler said.
“You can’t be lost on the history there (of the MCG) and the size of the place.
“I think the year after we came back had a huge brawl and I think that excited the locals.”