Fitzgerald played for both Sydney and Adelaide before appearing in Big Brother, which led to a media career.
“Coming from a very similar position as these blokes I know the hurdles they face just to make it. It’s an extremely difficult road but can be the most rewarding path you’ll ever take”, he said.
“There is so much undiscovered talent across the country who haven’t had the opportunity so we’ve created a new pathway for them. They are finally going to get the spotlight they deserve and if they’re good enough, it could launch them onto the AFL stage. I’ve been waiting for a show like this. It’s one of a kind and to have the chance to work alongside the best in the business to help make one of these lucky guys The Recruit is pretty exciting.”
Joining him are Michael Voss as Coach, Ben Dixon as Assistant Coach, Darren Burgess as High Performance Coach and Leigh Russell as the show’s Elite Performance Managerr.
The 10-part series will provide a player with a guaranteed spot on an AFL clubs list and airs later this year.