JOSH Addo-Carr’s grandfather, former pro boxer Wally Carr, said moving to Melbourne was in his best interest given the club’s reputation for turning players into superstars.
Addo-Carr sought the advice of his grandfather in regards to a three-year offer with the Melbourne Storm – a decision that became obvious after their chat.
“Pop gave me some good advice when he said that if you want to be a superstar you’ve got to train with the best and play with the best,” Addo-Carr says.
“He said, ‘Don’t let this opportunity slip by because players that move to Melbourne turn into superstars’.
“Pop’s been through it all himself, so he’s the sort of person you want to talk to when you need guidance.”
The 21-year-old knows he has a golden opportunity to make a claim for the wing position left vacant by Marika Koroibete.
He is hoping his own career has the same upward trajectory that Koroibete’s did when he left the Tigers after not getting the regular NRL games he craved.
“Koroibete was probably in the same position as me when he was at the Tigers,” says Addo-Carr, who scored six tries in his nine NRL games for the Tigers.
“We were both not getting the opportunities that we should have been.
“But when he went down to Melbourne he turned into an amazing player.
“He improved with those one-per cent efforts and that’s what the Melbourne Storm is all about.
“I want to be the best player I can be. So this is the right club for me to improve my fitness and speed and get better at those back-to-back efforts.”