"He's the best winger in the competition"

Andre Cupido

True Blue Steve 'Blocker' Roach has declared Melbourne Storm flyer Josh Addo-Carr as the best winger in the competition amid rumours he is looking to play fullback at a new club in 2021. 

 Addo-Carr has been open about a move back to Sydney due to family reasons and is set to depart the Storm at season’s end, with the Wests Tigers and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs reportedly interested in his services. 

The Kangaroos star made his first-grade debut for the Tigers in 2016 before joining the Storm and becoming one of the elite finishers in Rugby League, scoring 75 tries in 99 appearances.

“He’s probably the best winger in the game” – Roach on Behind Blue Eyes

Roach believes he shouldn’t waiver from his preferred position of wing and questioned whether he could transition into a premier NRL fullback. 

“I think he’s a winger, I think he’s a finisher and amazing in broken play,” Roach said on Behind Blue Eyes.

“This may sound funny but taking those big bombs (consistently) might nullify him a little bit.

“They say one of the big reasons he is a fullback is because fullbacks get paid more than wingers, but he’s in the top class of wingers.

“I would be surprised if teams didn’t pay overs for him (already). 

“He’s probably the best winger in the game.”

Meanwhile, Roach has declared Campbell Graham a representative star of the future and believes the South Sydney winger is one of the most improved players in the NRL. 

The 2017 Australian Schoolboys captain has been in great form for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2020, recording eight tries and 10 line-breaks in his 15 appearances.

The 21-year-old was part of Brad Fittler’s Emerging Blues at the end of the 2019 campaign and has shown his versatility by playing in the centres for the injured Dane Gagai in recent weeks. 

Roach lauded Campbell’s performances this year and said he is undoubtedly amongst the most improved players in the competition.

“I think he’s a sensational player and I think he’s one of those players who flies under the radar,” he said. 

“When you talk about the most improved players of the season, he would come into the conversation.

“He’s got a great ability to score…he can break tackles and he’s very good defensively. 

“He’s another one down the track I’m sure they (Fittler) will keep an eye on.”

Addo-Carr and Graham  will go head-to-head in a blockbuster Round 17 clash on Friday night when the Rabbitohs host the Storm at ANZ Stadium.