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10min version here if you don’t have time to listen to the full interview

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Please listen to this podcast interview of Justin Olam’s life.
I was absolutely blown away.

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Tatt’s not all, folks: Addo-Carr to ink latest title … then Sydney future
Christian Nicolussi
By Christian Nicolussi
October 26, 2020 — 7.44pm
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Josh Addo-Carr says he plans on updating his Melbourne Storm premiership tattoo on the left side of his stomach ‘‘as soon as I’m out of the bubble’’.

But it could be a good few years - if at all - before he adds any more artwork to his torso given the two Sydney clubs he has been linked with, the Wests Tigers and Canterbury, are unlikely to challenge for the title any time soon.

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Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy says this year’s team isn’t as talented as previous Storm sides.

The winger will celebrate with his Storm teammates a few days before he leaves them for good to join the NSW Origin squad and thrash out where he will play in 2021.

Addo-Carr said a ‘‘fair few clubs’’ had contacted his management about coming on board before all negotiations were put on ice a few weeks ago so he could focus on the NRL finals.

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Regardless of where he ends up, Addo-Carr knows he will have to re-adjust his expectations because ‘‘no other team is like Melbourne’’.

"Hopefully it will be in the next couple of years,’’ Addo-Carr said about a third title. "I know I’ll be doing my best. Wherever I go I’ll try to teach the younger fellas to be good footy players.

"It definitely won’t be the same [because] no other team is like Melbourne. No other team is from Melbourne. I’ve definitely grown as a player and I’d like to think I’m an experienced player now … I’d like to share my experience with other rugby league players to see them grow and thrive.’’

Addo-Carr himself said his management had received healthy interest from Sydney clubs, and he remained open to making the switch from wing to fullback.

The Tigers are happy to play Addo-Carr in the No.1 jersey and were seen as the front-runners before negotiations were put on ice so the winger could focus on the NRL finals. The Storm have also made it clear they want a like-for-like replacement before officially granting Addo-Carr an early release.

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Josh Addo-Carr and the Premiers tattoo he will update.
Josh Addo-Carr and the Premiers tattoo he will update.

Canterbury have also shown genuine interest and utilising him as a fullback. The Dogs are far from settled on the custodian role after also selling the fullback dream to Charlie Staines before he stayed put at Penrith.

Addo-Carr is a proud Indigenous man and grew up around South Sydney, and while the Rabbitohs are about to part ways with James Roberts, they are already well-stocked for outside backs.

The 25-year-old leaves Melbourne with fond memories of the club, players and coach Craig Bellamy, who ‘‘turned me into the player I always dreamed of being’’.

"I’m obviously going to miss the club and miss these boys - I’ve won two premierships here and nobody can take that away from me,’’ Addo-Carr said. "I’m player No. 176, no one can take that away from me. I’m glad I’ve done my part for this club. I’ve played my part and given my everything for the club.

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"There are a fair few clubs that my manager has spoken about to me. It will definitely be Sydney or anywhere close to Sydney. I’m excited to move back to be honest. I’ve been down in Melbourne for four or five years now. I moved down to Melbourne for my family, and it’s time to move back for my family.’’

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@Sully said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@happy_tiger said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Don’t know how correct or incorrect this is

http://www.msn.com/en-au/sport/news/nrl-2020-every-club-s-full-30-man-roster-and-development-list/ar-BB1ahGZB?li=AAHAbBJ&ocid=ASUDHP

No Asu Kepoa on our squad list

Or Tamou & Momeroski
Equals 4 sports left

If we sign mcintyre & seyferth as expected,
that’s 2 left.

Hopefully for JAC and Gebbie,
To use up or 30 spots.

If by miracle we also land Grant,
Already reported Liddle would go to dogs.

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@Yossarian said in JAC:

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@GNR4LIFE said in JAC:

If you haven’t made your debut by 25, you aren’t that good.

He only got noticed when the PNG Hunters came in to the Intrust Cup - In 2 seasons he was outsatnding. He never really got a chance at Souths with the backline they have. I could never really understand why they contracted him. Check out some of these highlights from Intrust Cup in 2018 and 2019.

https://www.qrl.com.au/news/2019/07/29/electifying-edene-gebbie-lights-up-the-field/

Question is… why didn’t Bennett use him / let him go?

Souths have a pretty stacked backline.

Very true, but he would have been on minimum wage and on potential alone “compared to Allan” would be worth hanging onto for a season or two. I just feel this diamond has a few rough edges, he is worth the risk though.

Is it likely that he is coming here though? I thought he went home to PNG? I’d be happy if we did get him.

I would think he went back to PNG when he wasn’t getting a go at Souths and there was no reggies. Bit pointless staying in Sydney in a bubble when he could return home to family.

And he could play footy back in PNG. From what I remember he decided to leave to play back home and hope to impress for another NRL contract

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That’s not 25 reasons it’s only about 4:

  • cap cheating
  • wrestling
  • Cameron Smith
  • because it’s Melbourne

Hopper’s wife is from Melbourne, not sure why he has such an unhealthy hatred for the storm.

25 reasons I hate panthers
Ivan Cleary x 25

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@diedpretty said in JAC:

@GNR4LIFE said in JAC:

If you haven’t made your debut by 25, you aren’t that good.

He only got noticed when the PNG Hunters came in to the Intrust Cup - In 2 seasons he was outsatnding. He never really got a chance at Souths with the backline they have. I could never really understand why they contracted him. Check out some of these highlights from Intrust Cup in 2018 and 2019.

https://www.qrl.com.au/news/2019/07/29/electifying-edene-gebbie-lights-up-the-field/

He looks great.
Big, strong, fast, great dummy and has good footy smarts. Very exciting.

Ps. How good was that PNG crowd at the end?!

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@tony-soprano said in JAC:

Twitter guy reading the play said 101 percent us

Yeah just saw that. He said deal was done weeks ago. Performance based contract.

R Smith from bulldogs to go to storm as he’s not in Barretts plans. No doubt freeing up cash for Burton and co.

Reading the play gets good mail

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@pawsandclaws1 said in JAC:

@frullens said in JAC:

@GNR4LIFE said in JAC:

If you haven’t made your debut by 25, you aren’t that good.

Ha! Olam debuted for storm at 24/25 and he’s pretty good I think!!!

The path from PNG isn’t a straight as it is for Aussie kids

Exactly. PNG people are good souls and live for their rugby league.

Many don’t understand the awesome beauty, danger and remoteness of PNG.

The Kumuls coach on the Chasing Kangaroos podcast said that PNG players don’t get professional coaching at juniors and just want to run hard at the opposition.

He said that when Olam arrived at Storm he was told that he had to forget everythibg he did and relearn all his footy skills. Plus learning a new language, it’s a huge effort to make it to where he is.

If you ever get a chance, listen to Justin Olam on Sandor Earl’s podcast, he talked about what it was like growing up on his village. The jobs he had to do as a 5 year old then walk across a mountain to school and back - it’s incredible…

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@GNR4LIFE said in JAC:

If you haven’t made your debut by 25, you aren’t that good.

Ha! Olam debuted for storm at 24/25 and he’s pretty good I think!!!

The path from PNG isn’t a straight as it is for Aussie kids