Josh has his eye on the prize

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - GIL­BERT GAR­DINER

MEL­BOURNE Storm boom re­cruit Josh Addo- Carr wants to re­pay Craig Bel­lamy and fin­ish the year off strongly, start­ing with a pos­i­tive per­for­mance against North Queens­land on Fri­day night.

Addo- Carr, 22, has en­dured the hard­est pre- sea­son of his life un­der Bel­lamy, but ad­mits the test of phys­i­cal and men­tal strength has laid the foun­da­tion for his break­out sea­son.

The speed­ster moved to equal third in the race for the NRL top tryscorer – be­hind Alex Johnson ( 16) and the Storm’s own Su­liasi Vu­ni­valu ( 15) – on Sun­day, scor­ing his 14th try in a 34- point de­mo­li­tion of Manly at AAMI Park.

Addo- Carr ( pic­tured) threat­ened with search­ing runs through­out the game, but fi­nally broke through in the 80th minute.

“It was good to get a try at the end there, but it was good to get away with the win more im­por­tantly,” he said.

The ex­cite­ment ma­chine has played 19 games this sea­son, av­er­ag­ing 140m a game from 12 car­ries. He only en­joyed mixed suc­cess at West Tigers last year, scor­ing six tries in nine games.

“I wasn’t con­sis­tent last year,” Addo- Carr said.

“I played some good games, some pretty or­di­nary games. I’ve come here, done a pre- sea­son and am do­ing things well.

“Craig spoke to me about be­ing con­sis­tent dur­ing pre­sea­son, that’s all I was re­ally look­ing for – con­sis­tency in my game and be­ing fit and do­ing my job for the … team.

“It’s the hard­est pre- sea­son I’ve done. You get a lot of con­fi­dence out of the pre- sea­son you do down here.”

Addo- Carr yes­ter­day said the Storm had shifted quickly from toast­ing Cameron Smith’s 350th game to Fri­day night’s block­buster against the Cow­boys. “We want to fin­ish … strong, we got five more rounds to go and we want to win that mi­nor premier­ship.”

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