Josh Addo-Carr. Photo: AAP Image/Hamish BlairJosh Addo-Carr’s sensational form has him within reach of a State of Origin debut and a piece of NRL history.
The flying Melbourne winger’s hat-trick in a losing side on Sunday took his tally to an equal competition high 11, along with Warriors centre David Fusitu’a.
It also marked the fourth consecutive game in which he has scored at least two tries.
Only former Parramatta finisher Semi Radrada has done better, breaking a 61-year-old record when he managed the feat in five successive games during the 2015 season.
“I didn’t know that, that’s good but doesn’t mean much if you’re not winning games and that’s the most important thing,” a diplomatic Addo-Carr told reporters on Monday when informed of his chance to draw level with the Fijian winger.
The 22-year-old, nicknamed The Fox, has emerged as one of the competition’s most exciting athletes, exhibiting his devastating speed and agility.
It has put Addo-Carr, arguably the NRL’s fastest man, in the box seat for an Origin debut on June 6 in Melbourne in what would be a dramatic rise from rugby league obscurity two years ago.
“It’s fantastic that my name’s getting tossed around,” he said.
“I just can’t believe that I’ve been put in this position, but I don’t let it (the speculation) distract me, you can’t worry about that stuff.”
The indigenous talent let out a trademark cackle when posed with the idea of running out as the enemy in front of 55,000 screaming Queensland fans in Origin game three in July.
“It’s every NRL player’s dream to play Origin and if it comes up I’ll take it,” he said.
“It’d be an experience, but you can’t worry about that stuff … I don’t let it distract me and I’m not too fussed about the talk.”
Addo-Carr, who is studying to be a youth worker and teacher’s aide, will get a Suncorp Stadium dress rehearsal, of sorts, on Saturday.
As part of the NRL’s indigenous round, the Storm play Gold Coast before Manly meet Brisbane in a double header.
The Titans upset the Storm 38-36 in one of the games of the season in the corresponding fixture last season, with Addo-Carr wary despite the sides’ contrasting form lines.
Teams will wear indigenous-inspired uniforms on a weekend Addo-Carr rates among the most special of the season.
“I do a lot of stuff with indigenous kids and it’s something I’m very passionate about,” he said.
“Down there it’s an AFL city; but telling my story I’m proud to tell them what I’ve gone through and give them some belief.”