Rugby league’s Fox – Josh Addo-Carr – is now a Dog and the former Storm star is ready to leave his “comfort zone” and lead the rebuilding Canterbury Bulldogs to greater heights.
The Bulldogs unveiled Addo-Carr in his new club colours this week in a brilliant sight for long-suffering fans.
The NSW Origin flyer is keen to become a leader at Canterbury after learning from the likes of Cam Smith and coach Craig Bellamy during his five seasons in Melbourne.
Addo-Carr believes he can help the Bulldogs – last season’s wooden spooners – build something special.
“The club is definitely moving in the right direction,” Addo-Carr said.
“I think I’ve come at a good time. There is some awesome players here and I’m keen to learn off them.
“For myself it is probably to step out of my comfort zone and come to the Bulldogs. I love helping people, so to try and lead the club in the right direction.
“I’ve spent five seasons in Melbourne and have some great memories there, but I just wanted to try something new at another team.
“It feels pretty weird, but I’m super excited about 2022 and I can’t wait to rip in with the boys and get to know everyone.”
Camera IconFormer Melbourne Storm star Josh Addo-Carr in Canterbury Bulldogs colours as he prepares for the 2022 NRL season. Bulldogs media Credit: Supplied
Former Canterbury captain Andrew Ryan couldn’t be happier as the Bulldogs build one of the NRL’s best backlines.
Ryan, who played 218 games for Canterbury and captained the team to the 2004 premiership, is excited about the club’s signings like Addo-Carr.
He is particularly pumped about the signature of premiership-winning Penrith centre Matt Burton.
Ryan coached Burton in a Country under 16s side that toured Samoa and in the NSW under 20s, so he knows how dominant his fellow boy from Dubbo can be despite his unassuming off-field demeanour.
“It’s funny, on the field Matty just goes about his business and looks so confident and loud and upbeat, but around the group from my dealings with him he is pretty quiet,” said Ryan, who is a St John’s Dubbo junior like Burton and Penrith co-captain Isaah Yeo.
“He obviously just has so much confidence in himself that once he gets out on the field he explodes, which is fantastic to see.
“I remember Mark O’Meley talking about Matty playing in the NSW 20s side.
“We had a few big talkers in the team, like Teig Wilton who has played NRL.
“Mark said Matty doesn’t say too much at training, but he goes out on the field and gets man of the match.
“I just love that about Matty – that he can flick the switch and just go on the field.”
Ryan believes Burton will excel at the Bulldogs in a backline that is set to feature Addo-Carr, Matt Dufty and Brent Naden.
“I was stoked when I saw Matty sign with the Bulldogs,” he said.
“I’ve loved watching him play at Penrith and just to be playing NRL.
“I also love his response that he has made the commitment to join (the Bulldogs) – that makes you proud.”Internet Explorer Channel Network