The Board of NSW Rugby League is delighted to announce the appointment of True Blue Greg Alexander as an advisor to Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler ahead of the 2018 State of Origin series.

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In announcing Alexander’s appointment, NSWRL Chairman Dr Peponis said: “This role is one of the key positions in the State of Origin structure and we are very pleased that Greg has agreed to follow in the footsteps of Bob Fulton and Peter Sterling in the role. On behalf of the NSWRL Board, I would like to congratulate Greg on his appointment and to publicly acknowledge the work which Peter Sterling did with the team last year and to thank him for his contribution to NSWRL.”

NSWRL Chief Executive David Trodden said: “This is a really exciting appointment for NSWRL and it adds significantly to the momentum which has been created in our organisation in recent weeks, with the announcement of a new coach, a new front of jersey partner, a new apparel partner and the renewal of several other existing commercial relationships. Greg’s appointment is not only about the expertise that he will bring to the role, it is also about the respect which he carries everywhere in the game”.

Coach Brad Fittler said: “Greg was there for me at the start. He was my captain at Penrith when we won the competition. He has been a mentor of mine for the whole of my career. He is the person who I trust most, not only about football, but about everything.”

Greg Alexander said: “It was a great honour to be asked by Freddy to be involved in the State of Origin next season. This is an exciting time for NSW with the large number of experienced players in the team, but also because of the host of new emerging talent that there is. I am looking forward to working with Freddy, who I think was the perfect choice to lead New South Wales into its future State of Origin campaigns.”