Josh Addo-Carr vows to reclaim NSW spot after shock from Brad Fittler as winger insists he has NO regrets joining Canterbury despite 2022 woes with NRL wrestlers
- Josh Addo-Carr was a surprising omission from the New South Wales squad
- Canterbury star has played in each of the last 12 State of Origin games
- Blues coach Brad Fittler chose to pick Roosters gun Daniel Tupou instead
- Fittler said he was surprised by the surprise that greeted his decision
Josh Addo-Carr has vowed to regain his place in the New South Wales roster after being surprisingly left out of the Blues’ State of Origin roster.
The Canterbury star has played in each of the last 12 Origin games but was a shocking omission when Brad Fittler announced his team last Sunday.
Addo-Carr acknowledged the rejection was a major blow, but insisted he has not given up hope of representing New South Wales again in the future.
Josh Addo-Carr was left out by the New South Wales squad for the State of Origin opener
“It hurts, of course, because I love the New South Wales jersey and I love playing State of Origin,” the 26-year-old told the Daily Telegraph.
“All I can do is accept Freddy’s decision and work as hard as I can to get back.
“But I’ll cheer the boys on, I promise you.”
Fittler chose Daniel Tupou in the squad for Addo-Carr, considering the Sydney Roosters winger better suited to face the air threat from Queensland wingers Xavier Coates and Selwyn Cobbo.
The Canterbury star has played the last 12 Origin games for the Blues
Addo-Carr has scored 10 tries in 12 games for New South Wales against Queensland
Speaking after the squad was announced, Fittler admitted the shock reaction around the Sydney Roosters winger’s shot had taken him by surprise.
“I’m surprised people would be surprised,” he said 9News Sydney†
†[Tupou’s] pretty much the best winger for a number of years. He is always on my radar.
‘I have coached’ [Tupou] previously on the City team and State of Origin, and I’ve always loved that he was part of my teams.”
Daniel Tupou (right) was a surprise inclusion in New South Wales’ roster for Origin I
After winning two premierships in five years with the Storm, Addo-Carr traded Melbourne for Sydney after signing for the Bulldogs in the off-season.
The move from one of the NRL powerhouses to one of the league’s struggling clubs has not been without its challenges, but after a slow start, Addo-Carr has scored six goals in 11 games so far this season.
His improved form has not translated into team success, with Canterbury at the bottom of the ladder with just two wins in 12 rounds.
Blues coach Brad Fittler said he was surprised by the reaction to his decision to hire Tupou. to select
However, despite the Bulldogs’ struggles, the winger remains determined to finish the season on a high to earn a spot in Australia’s roster for the Rugby League World Cup at the end of the season.
“There is still a chance for us to play good football for the rest of the season,” he said.
“I still haven’t given up hope of getting back into favor and playing for Australia in the World Cup. There is still a long way to go.’