Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Heading into the 2022 State of Origin series one of the big stories was the omission of premiership-winning winger Josh Addo-Carr from the New South Wales squad.
Addo-Carr made 12 appearances for the Blues between 2018 and 2021 with “The Foxx” helping his state to three series wins in four years.
The 26-year-old joined struggling side the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs at the beginning of season 2022 from competition heavyweights the Melbourne Storm and as a result of this, his form suffered.
Nobody can deny the effort Addo-Carr has put in since joining the Bulldogs to make them a better side but unfortunately little has changed which cost him his place in Brad Fittler’s squad for game I.
However, New South Wales went on to lose game I in a tight contest with Queensland and many believe that the Blues can save the series by bringing Addo-Carr back into the side for game II.
Former Queensland Origin great Wendell Sailor certainly thinks so and has his thoughts on Addo-Carr potentially coming back into the fold for New South Wales when speaking to Fox Sports.
“I don’t know how the Foxx is not there,” said Sailor.
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“He’s one of the best finishers I’ve seen in a long time.
“I love his energy and on Monday I was just so happy for him.
“In a side that’s coming last or second last, to play like that him – and Burton, their combination is unbelievable.
“Even Burton should be looked at for Origin too – he’s a fantastic player.”
Last Monday Addo-Carr and Burton combined perfectly and each put on great individual performances respectively to shock the Rugby League world and defeat top eight side the Parramatta Eels.
This effort should see Addo-Carr regain his spot on the wing for New South Wales and could see Burton named in Brad Fittler’s extended squad or even on the bench Sunday week in Perth.
On Sunday the Bulldogs take on the Wests Tigers in an important bottom four clash with both Addo-Carr and Burton in action ahead of the Blues squad being announced for game II later that same night.