New South Wales assistant coach Brad Fittler says South Sydney Rabbitohs star Luke Keary is committed to playing for the Blues following a tug-of-war with Queensland.
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Keary was born in Queensland, however he has been ruled eligible to play for New South Wales under the NRL’s new rules.
The 23-year-old playmaker has been selected for both the Blues and Maroons’ emerging squads, but Fittler says Keary has personally told him of his commitment to New South Wales.
“I’ve only met him a few times, I’m looking forward to see how he carries himself and the input he has into the training sessions,” Fittler is quoted as saying by AAP.
“We were in a group actually and Luke Keary was there and I asked him, I had a bit of a word to the group and asked him and he was very forthright in saying he wanted to play for New South Wales.”
Keary was born and raised north of the border and his decision to play for the Blues will certainly ruffle a few feathers in Queensland.
Fittler has named Keary in his NSW City side for Sunday’s match against Country in Wagga Wagga on Sunday and the match will secure Keary’s state ties to the Blues forever if he is to play.
However, Keary is in doubt for Sunday’s game after unspecified “ongoing” issues, according to South Sydney coach Michael Maguire.
Keary’s possible absence from the City v Country clash could come as a major blow with Game I of the State of Origin series just a month away.