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Brad Fittler cleared to play in Auckland Nines

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Brad Fittler in action against the Rabbitohs in 2004.

Brad Fittler in action against the Rabbitohs in 2004. Photo: Getty Images

The NRL has cleared the way for Brad Fittler to make a rugby league return in the NRL Nines competition.

Earlier this month Fittler indicated his desire to the game with the Sydney Roosters at the Auckland Nines, 10 seasons since he retired.

For the last two weeks the Roosters have been locked in discussion that revolved around insurance and salary cap issues with the NRL about the former Kangaroo skipper's comeback.

On Wednesday head of football Todd Greenberg said the NRL had given the green light for Fittler's return.

However Fittler, 42 next month, is unlikely to line up alongside many of the Roosters superstars at the Nines.

The premiers' coach Trent Robinson has indicated he will rest his side's New Zealand and Australian Test stars to be ready for the World Club Challenge at Allianz Stadium on February 22, a week after the inaugural Nines tournament.

But Fittler may line up alongside NSW halfback Mitchell Pearce at the shortform tournament.

AAP

9 comments so far

  • Sorry who cleared Freddy to play the NRL or his geriatrician?

    Commenter
    Seano
    Date and time
    January 22, 2014, 2:56PM
    • I wonder what the betting is on a try for Freddy in the third minute of the second game he plays when the wind is blowing from the south west and a crow is sitting on the second top branch of the third tree from the members stand gate so long as there has been a forward pass by the opposition team in the preceding ten minutes.

      Commenter
      RTP
      Location
      Sawtell
      Date and time
      January 22, 2014, 8:33PM
      • What a farce Easts have become. Who is making a comeback next, Kevin Hastings? David Barnhill? Dale Shearer? I guess this is what happens when you have no juniors.

        Commenter
        Bouncing Bunny of Struggle Street
        Date and time
        January 23, 2014, 1:34AM
        • And who did your team just sign?

          Commenter
          Mighty Rooster
          Date and time
          January 23, 2014, 4:39AM
        • So Bouncing Bunny all those juniors you have making way for Lote????

          Commenter
          Cocky Rooster
          Date and time
          January 23, 2014, 7:15AM
        • @bouncing bunny : Yes - such a farce. Only a farcical side would have the temerity to sweep all before them and win the comp that your bunnies simply cannot.

          Commenter
          Salvo
          Date and time
          January 23, 2014, 8:01AM
        • Yeah, and souffs have got loads of quality juniors. That's why they've just signed an over the hill, has-been winger.

          Commenter
          Premiers
          Date and time
          January 23, 2014, 1:53PM
      • No juniors but we should do have a premiership trophy........I guess you can't remember how that feels.

        Commenter
        Sword
        Date and time
        January 23, 2014, 8:31AM
        • I'm sorry I can't see any good coming out of this, he just won't be able to compete ... they will all be too big, too fit and too strong ... At 42 the knees, ankles, body are just not as agile, especially if you pushed your body to the limit 8 or so years ago ... Mind may say yes, but the body will just give way ... It will only take one strong hard tackle to knock him senseless ..... I hope I'm completely and utterly wrong for Freddie's sake ... He is a legend.

          Commenter
          Grey nurse
          Date and time
          January 23, 2014, 2:09PM

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