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Fittler ends speculation over Eels coaching position

Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler has ended speculation about a return to the NRL coaching ranks with the Parramatta Eels because he loves coaching the Blues.

Fittler, in his weekly segment Freddy And the Eighth for Wide World of Sports with fellow True Blue Andrew Johns, addressed reports linking him to the job with Eels coach Brad Arthur under pressure after four consecutive losses.

Fittler, who coached the Sydney Roosters (2007-09) and has coached Lebanon at the 2017 World Cup, took up the job as Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues coach in 2018 and has guided the state to three Origin wins from the past four years.

“I’m not doing anything,” Fittler said.

“What I do at the moment I love; I love coaching NSW… and also with Channel Nine. I love being involved in rugby league.

“I’m going kicking and screaming from my roles at the moment, let me tell you. But you never know what’s around the corner.

“At the moment the Roosters aren’t losing their coach, Penrith isn’t losing theirs … so I’ve got to say, if I was going to go back to NRL coaching, Parramatta would be a great club.”

Fittler played 336 games for the Panthers and the Roosters – winning a premiership with both clubs in 1991 and 2002 respectively.