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‘Sky’s the limit’: Ciraldo touts duo’s Origin claims; pokes fun of star’s diet in humorous moment

‘Sky’s the limit’: Ciraldo touts duo’s Origin claims; pokes fun of star’s diet in humorous moment


Bulldogs coach Cameron Ciraldo has talked up the Origin credentials of a couple of his star players, Matt Burton and Josh Addo-Carr following his side’s 44-12 thrashing of the Dragons.

Burton is in the thick of conversations surrounding the possible Blues 17, which new coach Michael Maguire will name in just a few days.

The five-eighth is in the running for the Blues’ vacant No. 6 jersey but could also find himself selected in the centres or named on the bench.

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His performance against the Dragons would have only strengthened his case for selection, with Burton scoring two tries and showing off an impressive kicking game.

Ciraldo said Origin “was the last thing” on his mind when asked if Burton had done enough to be picked, but says he’ll take the opportunity “with both hands” if he gets the call up.

“Origin is the last thing on my mind … We have class players here that are going to be in those teams if they play consistently and the good thing is that our team is playing consistently and those guys are getting mentioned for those teams so I’m proud of that,” Ciraldo said in his post-match press conference.

“He’s going a lot better but the sky is the limit for him.

If he puts it altogether it’s not going to be a debate if he’s in that team but he’s done a fair bit in the last couple of weeks to put himself in the frame (for Origin) and if he gets an opportunity, I’m sure he’ll grab it with both hands.

Bulldogs skipper and likely Blues centre Stephen Crichton echoed his coach’s thoughts around Burton’s Origin case.

“I think so (he’s ready for Origin). As Ciro said, the sky is the limit for him,” Crichton said.

“When he’s attacking the game and running there ball, that’s when he’s at the best. I think he’s in the mix to be selected.

Ciraldo was also asked about winger Josh Addo-Carr, who appears to be on the outside looking in when it comes to a wing spot for the Blues.

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It was reported a couple of hours before the Bulldogs game that Roosters star Joseph Suaalii is set to be named on one flank with incumbent Brian To’o the other winger.

Addo-Carr represented the Blues last season and performed well across the series.

A reporter’s question on whether Addo-Carr had been the forgotten man led to a lighthearted moment regarding the winger’s new diet.

“Physically, he’s put on four to five kilos of muscle. He’s doing this carnivore diet that he reckons helps him,” Ciraldo said, which elicited laughter from both Crichton and his coach.

“He’s definitely got to be in the conversation. He played Origin last year but is in such a better position this year.

“He’s worked so hard on his body, on his understanding of the game and I think he’s in a really mature part of his career now and I think if he gets an opportunity, he’ll take it with both hands.”


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