Brad Fittler’s future as coach of NSW Rugby League is still uncertain, with a decision set to be made after the final Origin game next month. Despite reports suggesting Fittler’s time may be up, the NSWRL is considering a new plan to keep him on board.
The proposed plan involves creating a new position of coaching director to support Fittler, and the frontrunner for the role is Brian Smith, a veteran coach with an impressive track record. Although Smith hasn’t coached in the big leagues since 2012, his experience and respect in the game make him an ideal mentor for Fittler and a fresh voice for the players.
In other coaching news, it seems Justin Holbrook won’t be without a job for long. The former Titans coach, who was unexpectedly let go after Origin II, has reportedly been approached by two Sydney clubs for an assistant coach position in 2024. Despite his modest results on the Gold Coast, Holbrook is well-regarded in clubland and could bring value to a new team.
The Sharks may also face the potential loss of talented young centre Kayal Iro. Despite his impressive performances in the NSW Cup, Iro has struggled to secure a regular top-grade spot due to the experienced outside backs ahead of him. As a result, he is considering his options for next season and could be on the move to another NRL club.
In an awkward incident, a coach and his playmaker had a heated verbal clash during training, leaving the entire squad feeling uncomfortable. This incident comes at a time when the struggling team is desperate for cohesion and success.
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