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Try-hungry Addo-Carr adjusting to new combination

Storm flyer Josh Addo-Carr is hoping his first four-pointer of the season last week against Penrith will be the catalyst for a try-scoring hot streak.

A prolific try-scorer over the past two seasons, Addo-Carr opened his account for 2019 by finishing off some clever work from centre Will Chambers in unbeaten Melbourne's 32-2 rout of the Panthers in Bathurst.

One try in three games is a reasonable return for most NRL players, but for Addo-Carr it represents a drought.

The 23-year-old ran in 23 tries when he burst onto the scene in 2017 and followed that up with another 19 four-pointers last year as the Storm progressed to the grand final against the Roosters.

But the slow beginning to the season is of no concern to Addo-Carr, who is still getting used to a new combination on the left side of the park and is happy to remain patient and wait for the tries to start rolling in.

"I was getting a bit worried there for a bit, so it was definitely good getting over the line," he said.

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"For myself, Willie Chambers, [Cameron] Munster and Kenny [Bromwich] it has been our first couple of games together and we are building that combination really nicely."

Addo-Carr's try against the Panthers was celebrated with a quick rendition of shadow boxing as the Storm star paid tribute to his grandfather Wally Carr.

Last month Addo-Carr found out that his grandfather was battling stomach cancer and it seemed fitting that some acknowledgement of the boxing legend should be made when he scored his first try of the season.

Storm winger Josh Addo-Carr's try celebration tribute to his grandfather.
Storm winger Josh Addo-Carr's try celebration tribute to his grandfather. ©Robb Cox/NRL Photos

"That won't be every try," Addo-Carr said.

"That try was for him as he is not doing too well in hospital at the moment and I thought it might put a little smile on his face.

"It only happened all of a sudden, but that’s life. All you can do is be positive and stay beside him."

While Addo-Carr knows his time to finish off the excellent work of his teammates and score more tries will come shortly, he recognises he needs to continue to improve his game and contribute in other ways when he isn't scoring.

It's why Addo-Carr was challenged by his coaching staff in the off-season to bulk up and become "more dangerous" and that's something the Storm star has been able to do with more ease than he first thought.

"I put on about seven or eight kilos and it was pretty surprising as I couldn't do that back in the day," he said.

"Over the off-season I spent a bit of time with my family and I think I was in a really good routine with eating and training.

"I feel a lot stronger coming into contact, I am defending better and sticking my tackles, so it is a bonus."

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