Fittler: “When Craig Bellamy gives a player a wrap, you listen"

Kristy Harris

Brydens Lawyers NSW coach Brad Fittler has recalled the praise Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy heaped on Dale Finucane helped influence his decision to select him for the must-win Game Two of last year’s State of Origin series.

Fittler said he idolises Finucane’s work ethic on and off the field and revealed the pleasure he had watching the Melbourne ‘warrior’ embrace every second in State of Origin camp.

“He treats every single training session like it’s a test match,” Fittler said on The Selection.

“It’s amazing his effort.

“You watch the other players just watch him. 

“His attention to detail, his effort, and his resilience when he keeps pushing himself.”

Handing over the sky-blue jersey to the 27-year-old NSW debutant came seven years after Finucane made his NRL debut for Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and is a moment that Fittler will always cherish.

“It was one of my favourite phone calls because he’s tried so hard for so long,” Fittler admitted.

“He’s been such a warrior for so many teams and he’s so consistent.

“On top of that, off the field he’s such a great bloke. Every time you have a conversation with him it feels like it’s the most important thing in his life.”

Not only is Finucane a class act and great player but he also has an amazing singing voice to match after jamming with Guy Sebastian in camp last year.

If he continues to play well for the Storm this season, there’s every chance Fittler will keep the faith and we will see Finucane in a NSW jersey again at the end of the season.