Addo-Carr on track for NRL debut

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Addo-Carr on track for NRL debut

Post by willow » Sat 20 Feb, 2016 7:27 am

Addo-Carr on track for NRL debut
Sat 20 Feb, 2016, 7:00am
By Martin Gabor‌, National Correspondent, NRL.com



The race to replace Pat Richards at the Wests Tigers is heating up. Literally.

A taxing training session took its toll on the team earlier in the week, with players put through their paces in a 90-minute hit-out in stifling conditions at Campbelltown Stadium.

One of the players vying for the recently vacated left-wing spot is new recruit Josh Addo-Carr.

The former Shark was a sensation in the Holden Cup, scoring 28 tries from 44 appearances in the under-20s competition.

The 20-year-old is one of the fastest players in rugby league, and has made an impressive start to his career at the Tigers, scoring a double in the side's trial win over the Storm.

He also made the trip across the ditch to play in the Auckland Nines; an experience he believes helped get rid of the butterflies.

"The first game - playing in front of so many people - I was just a bit nervous, but as the games went on, it got a bit better. It was just unfortunate we didn't make the finals," Addo-Carr told NRL.com.

"At the start of the year, I was a bit rusty. I think it was just the nerves, and I didn't know any of the boys. And probably because I was the only indigenous player until a couple of the boys came down, but now I'm fitting right in."

While he spent the weekend impressing coaches on the Sunshine Coast, Addo-Carr was closely following the NRL All Stars match in Brisbane.

The concept means a lot to the youngster, who was a member of the Redfern All-Blacks side that won last year's Koori Knockout.

He hopes to one day represent the Indigenous side in the annual pre-season fixture.

"Representing my family and culture's a big thing for me. I'm a proud black man, and I'd just love to be a part of that," he said.

Before that can happen, Addo-Carr must find a way to force his way into a Tigers backline brimming with talent. He'll get another chance to prove himself when he faces his former club this weekend.

The uncapped winger holds no grudges against the Sharks for letting him go, and is excited to come up against some familiar faces.

"[The move was] just an opportunity to make the top grade. I don't think the Sharks wanted me to go any further than 20s, so I'm thankful for an opportunity here," he said.

"My goal is probably to make my NRL debut and just try to cement a spot in the first-grade squad and just play well for the team and do my job."

While he is able to play anywhere in the backline, Addo-Carr is hoping to earn a spot on the wing at some point this season.

David Nofoaluma appears to have one spot locked down, with the other flank set to be filled by either Addo-Carr, Justin Hunt, or the bolter, Jordan Rankin.

Addo-Carr welcomes the competition, telling NRL.com that his 'rivals' - who have helped his transition to the club – deserve first crack on the wing.

"I think it's out of Jordan Rankin and Justin Hunt. I think they're both good, experienced players, and I hope they do well and get the spot."

The rookie believes all the work put in during pre-season has the club in good stead to make the finals for the first time since 2011.

"The mood's good. The pre season's been tough," Addo-Carr said.

"We did an army camp a couple weeks back, and I think doing that has allowed us to come closer. It was all about mental toughness and working together, so I think by doing that, we've gelled together.

"We've gone into this season really well. We've trained hard, sticking in, doing the one per-centers. I think if we keep doing that, we're just going to smash teams off the park."


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Post by TrueTiger » Sat 20 Feb, 2016 7:35 am

Reading what AddoCarr says,it makes me feel a lot more confident that the team will be pretty competitive this year...here's hoping everyone does extremely well during the year..
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Post by MacDougall » Sat 20 Feb, 2016 8:40 am

I like JAC a lot. He's a bright, well-spoken young Koori man and if he keeps going the way he's going and keeps his nose clean he is going to be a good first grader and a proud role model for his people. Good on the kid.

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Post by supercoach » Sat 20 Feb, 2016 8:48 am

With our need for a goal kicker and Taylors reluctance to give Moses the job means our vacant wing spot must be filled by a good goal kicker. That will see JAC miss the boat, but he will get his chance, there will be injuries

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Post by tiga4eva » Sat 20 Feb, 2016 9:54 pm

He scored 2 long range tries in NSW Cup, he's an absolute flyer


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Post by swag tiger » Sat 20 Feb, 2016 10:00 pm

He could be a future star. Have seen him play seems like a real speedy winger to me and can get to full speed from a standing start.
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Post by Snake » Sat 20 Feb, 2016 10:08 pm

Watched him play all his minutes tonight ...he is very enthusiastic,and sped to burn would not want to rush him give him some time in the lower grade so he doe not get burnt to early ,but defiantly will see him in the top grade this season if the enthusiasm keeps.

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Post by Geo. » Sat 20 Feb, 2016 10:10 pm

Very solid in NSW Cup..if he gets space no one will catch him..the try he scored from the 20m tap restart was super impressive...

Defensively didn't have a lot to do made no errors...

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Post by Mighty Tiger » Sat 20 Feb, 2016 11:16 pm

He has that xfactor about him.
Hunt didn't standout on the wing and his speed & size is a large weapon for us. He also doesn't slide in defense (hunt did that on the goal line)....

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Post by tsjonathan » Sat 20 Feb, 2016 11:21 pm

Surprised we signed him. Watched a lot of him in NYC last year for the sharks and he was a stand out. He has bulked up a bit too, I thought he was at least 2 years off first grade last year though.

He'll be one of the shining lights after the disappointing losses of Tapau, Funaki, Seve, Martin and whoever else I missed.

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Post by formerguest » Sat 20 Feb, 2016 11:36 pm

Mighty Tiger wrote:He has that xfactor about him.
Hunt didn't standout on the wing and his speed & size is a large weapon for us. He also doesn't slide in defense (hunt did that on the goal line)....
I think you will find that Simona was the slider and not Hunt, but he looked poor, especially after getting slammed ingoal from a kick early on.

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Post by galea#11 » Sun 21 Feb, 2016 8:49 am

has flashes of brilliance koori instincts for where to be . just think 1st grade teams at moment over 80minutes will target him and will struggle until fills out a bit . when the sharks got good contact on him they drove him hard . great player for future he is exciting

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Post by joebob » Sun 21 Feb, 2016 10:02 am

Did he have to take many bombs? If so, how did he handle them?

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Post by willow » Sun 21 Feb, 2016 10:53 am

This is an interesting one. Addo-Carr has proven himself to be a top finisher in the 9's and trial matches and the only bloke who can probably catch him is that young winger from the Cowboys who smoked us in the 9's. Having said that, if Taylor decides Moses will be our goalkicker, I'd give Addo-Carr a shot on the wing. If Taylor decides otherwise, I'd go with Rankin to start ahead of Hunt.

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Post by king sirro » Sun 21 Feb, 2016 11:04 am

I cant see Addo Carr getting much bigger. He is very solid in the upper body but has those Koori legs that just dont grow lol. His overall size isnt too bad IMO, if he can play tough then may just make it.
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Post by southerntiger » Sun 21 Feb, 2016 11:10 am

king sirro wrote:I cant see Addo Carr getting much bigger. He is very solid in the upper body but has those Koori legs that just dont grow lol. His overall size isnt too bad IMO, if he can play tough then may just make it.
He has a very similar build to Nathan Blacklock and reminds me of him generally. Nathan did okay.

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Post by marzie » Sun 21 Feb, 2016 11:14 am

Hope to see him in NRL soon, would pick him over hunt. Exciting player

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Post by batboy » Sun 21 Feb, 2016 11:28 am

southerntiger wrote:
king sirro wrote:I cant see Addo Carr getting much bigger. He is very solid in the upper body but has those Koori legs that just dont grow lol. His overall size isnt too bad IMO, if he can play tough then may just make it.
He has a very similar build to Nathan Blacklock and reminds me of him generally. Nathan did okay.
Very different game for a winger in those days.
Josh is a good fella, pace to burn and is very top heavy.
I feel he is too small down low to make a dint in first grade - especially on the wing.
He gets ragdolled far too often, If he comes close to the sideline - He's only ever going one way... OUT!! Also isn't really effective in those dirty hit ups wingers take at the start of the set.

Another option i'm surprised people aren't considering in MCK has been trialing at right centre, And looking good... Fast, Strong, Good Defence, Great footwork!! He hasn't played a lot of footy in the last few years, So he is a bit clunky!! I'd be surprised if he doesn't get a run there moving Kev back to the wing...

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