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Blues coach Brad Fittler hints he will coach the Bulldogs after speculation he’s on Gould’s list

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NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler hints he will coach the Bulldogs after speculation he’s on Phil Gould’s list of candidates for the toughest job in the NRL

  • Blues coach Brad Fittler will not deny his interest in a coaching role at Belmore
  • Phil Gould is believed to be delaying a coach’s signing to take on Fittler. to wait
  • Gould and Fittler won the premiership in 1991 at Penrith, together in Origin

NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler has refused to rule out a move to Belmore despite his busy Origin and TV schedule after his close ties to Bulldogs boss Phil Gould sparked speculation that he is a candidate to become Bulldogs coach.

Fittler, 50, is in his fifth year at the helm of NSW and chasing his fourth victory over the Maroons.

NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler looks at his Origin squad during game one June 8, played in Sydney

The Dogs have not come close to finding a successor to Trent Barrett three weeks after his firing, and Gould has said the club could wait until September to fill the vacancy – well after Fittler’s Origin commitments are over. to be.

The great Panthers and Roosters said he was in no rush to make a decision about his future, and he will remain under contract with the Blues until the end of the 2023 series.

But he declined to say he would pass the Bulldog’s job.

“I will never, ever rule out anything,” Fittler told the… Sydney Morning Herald

“But if you had asked me as a kid to imagine my two best jobs, one would be commenting on rugby league and the other coaching Origin.

“As long as I do these two jobs, nothing will happen. I leave every door ajar.’

Gould and Fittler have a strong relationship, with ‘Freddy’ as a protagonist in Gould’s premiership of Panthers in 1991 and the duo teaming up to win many Origin series with ‘Gus’ as their coach.

Brad Fittler shakes hands with then-Blues coach Phil 'Gus' Gould in 2004. The pair have tasted great football success together and remain close

Brad Fittler shakes hands with then-Blues coach Phil ‘Gus’ Gould in 2004. The pair have tasted great football success together and remain close

After coaching the Sydney Roosters from 2007 to 2009, Fittler was linked with a move to the Parramatta Eels last season when Brad Arthur came under pressure after a string of losses.

He coached the Chooks for eight games in the second half of the ’07 season and steered the squad to five wins – most notably a 26-16 win over the Melbourne Storm, which finished premiers.

Bulldogs general manager Phil Gould announces Trent Barrett's departure as head coach on May 16

Bulldogs general manager Phil Gould announces Trent Barrett’s departure as head coach on May 16

The Bulldogs reportedly have Panthers assistant coach Cameron Ciraldo on their roster.

Former Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has publicly thrown in his hat for the job but has not been approached by the club.

Newscorp journalist Paul Kent said on: Fox Sports’ NRL360 that the success of Fittler’s Origin is an application in itself.

“If you don’t put yourself in the window… and if he wins a series this year, what will that four out of five bring, then there’s no better time to sell yourself as a coach,” said Kent.

Fittler’s Blues kick off their 2022 Origin campaign against Queensland on June 8.

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