Series victory will see Fittler coach Blues until at least 2020
NSW coach Brad Fittler intends to take up an option in his contract that will see him coach the Blues until at least the end of 2020.
When the NSWRL appointed Fittler as Laurie Daley's successor at the end of last year, they agreed to include a clause in the contract that triggered a one-year extension if he was to lead the Blues to a series win.
It hasn't taken Fittler long to open the option and is expected to activate it after the series.
"How good is that ay? You've got me for another year," Fittler joked.
While Fittler conceded a lot could change over the course of the next 12 months, his desire is to continue as Blues coach beyond the end of his original two-year deal.
"Yeah, as I'm thinking now," Fittler said when asked if he would take up the one year option.
"But a lot happens. Things can happen. Let's just wait and see what happens. I don't know what happens, I don't really read that stuff (contract). I get someone else to read it."
NSWRL chief executive Dave Trodden spoke of the board's desire to reward success.
"The way his contract is constructed, the board quite deliberately wanted to reward him for good performance," Trodden said.
"So the contract, which was a two-year contract, was structured in a way that there was an automatic extension in-built in the contract if he won a series in that two-year period. People see the quirky nature and the off-beat sense of humour on the sideline, but there's a real depth in his character that people don't see all the time. I think people underestimate it a lot of the time.
"He's got plenty as a coach, and as a person and as a man manager. I think this job really suits him and I think he really suits this job. Without getting too far ahead of myself, there's no reason to suggest he can't be a long term coach."
Fittler has rightly received plenty of praise for the transformation of the NSW Blues under his watch.
But Trodden recognised that this year's series triumph has been a long time in the making.
"Success doesn't happen overnight," he said.
"Success happens as a result of people taking small incremental steps along a certain path. The one way to guarantee that you're never successful is to keep changing tact. Once you've decided on a particular strategy, good sensible administrators stay on that path until there's reason given to them to want to change.
"A lot of people played a part. We've been building to this for a long while. A lot of people have played a role in it, including Laurie who played a big role in it. But none of the should diminish the credit that should go to Freddy. Freddy is the guy that actually did it and he deserves to take the credit associated with the victory."
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