NSW Blues assistant Craig Fitzgibbon has supported Brad Vettler’s ambitions to return to the NRL training ground as the couple attempt to close the state’s first three – peat since 2005.
After starting a tough master training led by the Roosters more than a decade ago that lasted only two years, Fittler’s shares rose rapidly, as his new approaches helped revive NSW as a parent power.
Replacing Chris Anderson sacked from the Tricolors position in the middle of the 2007 season after just two years in retirement, Fittler spectacularly carried the Roosters to the semi-finals the following year and was re-signed until the end of 2010. But with the Roosters finishing with the wooden spoon in 2009, the club legend is brutally dismissed.
After returning to training via City Origin and the Lebanese national team, Fittler took over the reins of the NSW team that dropped 11 out of 12 previous series in 2018.
Now, on the verge of winning his third consecutive Origin title in many years, joining Phil Gould as the only man to do so in NSW, the 48-year-old has revealed his desires to try his hand one day at club level one more time.
“I think so,” Vettler told reporters when asked about his desire to return to the National Football League training ground one day.. .
Vettler added what he would have done differently the second time around at club level: “You know the importance of teamwork. Staff, recruitment, club relations . . . I was so naive.
Speaking to Big Sports Breakfast on Origin’s scheduled day at Suncorp Stadium, Fitzgibbon explained why Fittler is equipped to handle the NRL Training Oven better this time.
“The thing with Freddy is that he is a simple observer and he understands people very well,” he said.
“The thing I sit and observe is the way he deals with players and allows them to thrive and be who they are..
« Every time (players) train or even stand in front of them while they speak, this environment is comfortable, safe, and allows them to give their best appreciation for themselves.. Freddy just got a way to get the best out of the guys.
“He’s got an aura of his history as a player but his skills in managing men and making players their best ever, he understands that really well.
If he quits Origin training assignments one day, Vettler also approved Fitzgibbon as the man who would continue the Blues dynasty. .
Trent Robinson’s assistant at Roosters, Fitzgibbon turned down the big-money tactics from Dragons and Warriors this year to continue his professional coaching service under the mentor’s three-time premiership.
While it’s unavoidable to hit the spotlight in the coming years, Fitzgibbon admits that the rating and liking from Fittler came as a big boost, and hinted he’d be up to the challenge..
“It’s fun Freddy, I trust his opinion, so it’s good to hear it,” Rooster greats admit.
« He’s Freddy cool guy, I got a great relationship during my time at the Roosters. Not only that, it did really well in the ergonomics.
“It’s a close-knit unit, all the staff were good, I think it’s just a good environment so it gave us good support.
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