New South Wales coach Brad Fittler has revealed he has his eye on three particular players that could come into the Blues’ squad to make their State of Origin debut.
While Origin I is still two months away, Fittler has already started to plan his squad — and will particularly put a lot of thought into the make-up of his bench.
He was asked on SEN on Friday if there were any players who were yet to pull on a Blues jersey that potentially be included in the squad.
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And Fittler revealed Roosters hardman Victor Radley and Sharks hooker Blayke Brailey were on the radar.
“Well Victor (Radley) hasn’t played yet,” Fittler said.
“He’s just quality, he’s really aggressive and that’s what Origin is about I think.
“Young Blayke Brailey’s name has come up after his last couple of games.
“I think the way you make up the bench you’ll have to be really careful in terms of HIA and sin-bins.
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“You really need to be able to cover every position, for a long time. Teams didn’t have to worry about covering wingers — well plenty of wingers have been (victims of) HIA this year.
“You need to cover every position, that’ll give a lot of people different options.”
Fittler declared earlier this season that Josh Curran was a bolter for a Blues jersey and doubled down when asked about the Warriors workhorse.
“I coached him, I watched him as a kid (and) I was really impressed … he had to get fitter, play a few more games.
“He can run, he can pass, he’s a good tackler, I like the way he plays.”
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