Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
New South Wales Origin coach Brad Fittler has done a stellar job with the representative side, winning three series in four years and seven games in total, taking the Blues from Queensland’s whipping boys to the boys that whip Queensland.
However, the Australian’s Brent Read is reporting the 49-year-old could be set to make a return to head coaching in the NRL with the Parramatta Eels.
“There was a little whisper going around last week that he [Fittler] is an option that Parramatta may look at if they make the decision to move on from Brad Arthur at the end of the season,” Read stated on Triple M.
“Obviously New South Wales would hate for that to happen as they desperately want to keep him.
“That’s pretty obvious with the work that he does not only with the Origin team but within the community, but Brad’s made no secret of the fact that he would like to return to NRL coaching.”
— Brent Read (@brentread_7) August 15, 2021
Brad Fittler has experienced coaching in the NRL before with mixed results.
In mid 2007, Fittler was appointed as interim head coach at the Roosters until the end of the season, but during that time the club picked up some form and he was given the job full time.
The following season the on field success on Fittler’s Roosters continued as he led the club to their first finals appearance since 2004, when he captained the Chooks to the Grand Final in what would be his final game as a player.
His final year at the helm in Bondi took a very negative turn, as a drunken off field incident and a wooden spoon for the Roosters saw Fittler leave the club at the end of 2009.
Parramatta Eels board has recently backed current coach Brad Arthur publicly and said that he will remain at the club in 2022, but if the Eels finish the season poorly and go out of the finals in straight sets then things could change quickly, with Fittler possibly the man to take over at the four-time premiership winning Eels.