Nine won’t stand between Freddy and NSW

Brad Fittler’s path to the NSW State of Origin coaching job appears clearer after the Nine Network declared his new deal would allow him to take the position.

The broadcast company on Tuesday announced the Blues legend has signed a contract to remain an NRL commentator beyond this season.

“Freddy is unique. He is “lean forward” television talent, who brings so much entertainment to rugby league,” Nine’s director of sport Tom Malone said.

“Moreover, he’s a terrific bloke with a big heart who does so much for other people. We are very proud to extend our association with him.”

However, of most interest is their stance on Fittler being available to coach the Blues should he be offered to take the reins from axed coach Laurie Daley next year.

“Nine’s new contract with Freddy will enable him to take up the NSWRL head coach position, should that eventuate,” a Nine Network statement read.

The comments come just a day after NSW Rugby League chief executive David Trodden admitted Fittler was an “obvious candidate” for the role.

Fittler’s chances firmed after the NSWRL board ruled out all NRL head coaches from being approached for the position last week.

Trodden suggested an appointment would be made before Christmas.

“Freddie has certainly expressed an interest and he’s one of the guys the board will give strong consideration to given his playing record and the fact he’s been in our coaching system for a while now,” Trodden told AAP.

Fittler was delighted to extend his time with the Nine Network.

“There’s no better place to work than with the legends of the game on Nine. I’ve never loved working so much. I don’t know if you can call it work. I’ve got the best seat in the house – every week,” he said

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