DANGER MAN: James Tedesco of the Tigers holds the ball during the Round 16 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Wests Tigers at AAMI Park.
DANGER MAN: James Tedesco of the Tigers holds the ball during the Round 16 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Wests Tigers at AAMI Park. JULIAN SMITH

Former Maroon says Blues need fresh faces

RUGBY LEAGUE: Former Queensland centre Mark Coyne played in seven Origin series and won only one of them, so he knows what New South Wales is going through now.

For the Blues to break their trend of 10 losing series in the past 11 years, Coyne believes it’s now time for the men south of the border to bring in fresh young faces.

At the top of that list should be brilliant Tigers fullback James Tedesco, who possesses incredible speed and power at 93kg, and a dangerous ball-playing ability.

“I think Tedesco’s an outstanding player,” Coyne told Australian Regional Media.

“Nowadays it’s amazing how skilful the backs are – the size of them and their speed and agility.”

Tedesco, 23, was unlucky to miss out on the Blues’ 26-16 loss in game two after missing game one with a shoulder injury.

But his form at the Tigers has been sublime, scoring a try, making a line break and running for 159m in his team’s 29-20 loss to the Storm on Sunday.

He is the gifted ball-player at fullback that coach Laurie Daley is looking for, producing nine try assists in 12 games this year.

Tedesco has also made nine line breaks and scored 11 tries in 2016.

But the conundrum for Daley is who does he leave out?

Matt Moylan has shown some nice glimpses of his potential at Origin level in the No.1 jersey over the first two games this series.

Josh Dugan (elbow) made a strong return from injury for the Dragons in their 30-18 win over Newcastle on Saturday.

Even Brett Morris has been talked up as someone who could return to an outside back position after scoring a hat-trick for the Bulldogs against Brisbane on Saturday night.

Regardless of who Daley chooses and where they play, Coyne said special consideration must be given to the gifted Tedesco.

Coyne added Daley needed to make some tough calls on whether to move on experienced players such as captain Paul Gallen, Greg Bird and Robbie Farah.

“He (Tedesco) would be great, but, in saying that, I think Moylan’s going to be a superstar as well,” Coyne said.

“In game three they should be blooding some younger guys.

“Burn a year to a degree and blood a lot of young guys and give them experience.

“I think they’ve got no choice now they’re down 2-0.”



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