Josh Addo-Carr ready to fight for State of Origin spot after Bulldogs brace

Michael Holland
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Josh Addo-Carr has vowed to win his place back in the New South Wales State of Origin side after grabbing a brace of tries for the Canterbury Bulldogs on Friday night.

It was not enough to help the Bulldogs overcome the Penrith Panthers as they lost 30-18. However he hopes it was enough to remind Blues coach Brad Fittler what he can do.

The 26-year-old has been a regular in the Blues side since making his debut in 2018. He has represented on 12 occasions, scoring 10 tries, but was overlooked for game one this year.

Bulldogs struggling with form

It comes as no real coincidence that the Foxx has lost his place after swapping the Melbourne Storm for the Canterbury Bulldogs. Fittler more often than not picks players from a winning side and the Bulldogs are struggling.

The defeat against the Panthers means they have lost 11 from 13. They sit bottom of the ladder, while Melbourne are second. In fairness Addo-Carr has continued to score tries in a struggling side.

He now has eight for the season and his two against Penrith was the perfect response to being left out. The winger now has to carry on doing it to have any chance of coming in for game two.

Much will also depend on how Daniel Tupou goes on Wednesday night in game one. It has been suggested Fittler went with the Roosters star because of his physical presence more than anything.

Addo-Carr says he is just remaining focused on his own game and doing well for the Bulldogs. Then if anything comes from it, it will be a bonus.

Addo-Carr focused on Bulldogs

“I thought I would be more rattled than I have been,” he told AAP after the game. “That’s footy and it’s not my year, those other boys have the opportunity to put on the sky blue jersey and I know what that feels like.

“I can take it one of two ways; sulk or work harder. I’m going to try my hardest to get back in the team, I can’t just sit there feeling sorry for myself. I’ve been in tougher situations before and I’m a supporter this year. I’m trying to play my part and do the best I can (for Canterbury).

“I’ve always prided myself on working hard and I’ll do that to get back in the Blues side. My sole focus now is on the Bulldogs and all that (non-selection) is behind me.”

The Bulldogs are back in action when they entertain Parramatta a week on Monday.