New South Wales coach Brad Fittler has extended his deal at the helm of the Blues to 2021.

Fittler has been in charge of the Blues since 2018 and last year led them to back-to-back State of Origin series wins for the first time since 2005.

The 48-year-old was pleased to extend his deal, with this year’s Origin series set to be played in November.

“I am really grateful for the NSWRL [New South Wales Rugby League] board’s strong show of faith in me and our Origin and pathways program,” Fittler said.

“It also means my coaching future won’t be a distraction throughout our preparation and defence of the Origin shield.

“I am really fortunate to have this job and it gives me great pride in seeing how much it unites the state.

“Given the year that the entire community has endured from droughts and bushfires to the COVID-19 pandemic, I can’t think of a better way to end the year and lift community spirits. I can’t wait for Origin.”

NSWRL chief executive David Trodden said the board was delighted with Fittler’s time in charge so far.

“Winning two from two series, the board obviously could not be happier with the way things are going with Origin and they were very pleased to extend Brad’s contract when they met today,” he said.

“They have every confidence the run of success will continue this year.”