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Canterbury-Bankstown recruit Josh Addo-Carr has opened up on one of the driving factors behind his decision to leave the Melbourne Storm and sign on with the Bulldogs from 2022.
The Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues winger is an incredibly popular player with an infectious personality and believes he can help the club turn their fortunes around after they finished with the wooden spoon this season.
“I wanted to step out of my comfort zone, come to the Bulldogs and help lead the club in the right direction” Addo-Carr told bulldogs.com.au.
“I spent five years in Melbourne, I had some great memories there, but I wanted to try something new.”
It’s no secret that family was also a motivator for leaving the club that he won two premierships with in 2017 and 2020, and he is confident his experiences at one of the NRL’s powerhouse clubs can help deliver success.
“I think I’ve always been a leader in some way,” Addo-Carr said.
“I don’t talk too much in team meetings, but I can connect with people on the training paddock and on the field.
“I believe I can help my teammates around me. The more I can put into the team the more I’ll get out of it.”
After moving to Melbourne from Wests Tigers at the start of 2017, Addo-Carr’s apprenticeship in leadership has enabled him to learn off some of the games most decorated players including former skipper Cameron Smith.
“Melbourne have got some outstanding leaders down there and I’ve obviously learnt off the best” said Addo-Carr.
“I’ve always wanted to help people and if I can help guide my teammates in the right direction and show them what it takes to win week-in-week-out and be consistent, that’s going to put a smile on everyone’s faces.”
That winner’s mentality is much needed at the Bulldogs after a disappointing year, although the club’s new recruits have the Dogs faithful excited for the 2022 season.
Addo-Carr will be joined at Belmore by Matt Burton, Matt Dufty, Paul Vaughn, Tevita Pangai-Junior, John Asiata, Brent Naden, Max King and Braidon Burns as Trent Barrett’s side look to play finals footy for the first time since 2016.