Laurie Daley is considering drafting James Tedesco into his NSW side for State of Origin III, but it won’t necessarily be at the expense of Matt Moylan.
Wests Tigers fullback Tedesco has been kicking down Daley’s door for Blues selection with some superlative performances this year that have attracted widespread calls for him to be blooded in the July 13 dead rubber.
The 23-year-old had one hand on the NSW No.1 jumper before copping a shoulder injury, which led to Moylan being drafted in.
But with the series over and Tedesco back on the park and back at his best, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for Blues coach Daley to stay loyal to Moylan.
“I think (Tedesco) has played really good football and I think everyone knows what a special talent he is,” Daley told Fox Sports.
“There was that push to put him in in game two, but given that he had four weeks off with an injury, missed game one and then had two games back against Souths and the Roosters, we were very reluctant to bring him into the team (for game two) given Matty Moylan did a fantastic job.
“He’s a guy that will definitely play Origin at some point.”
While it would seem logical that Moylan would have to make way should Tedesco be given the nod, Daley said that was not necessarily the case.
Given Moylan’s ability to cover in the halves, he could be given the bench utility role, which was handled by Dylan Walker in games one and two.
Tedesco is also capable of playing wing, and was positioned there for NSW City against Country last year.
“I wouldn’t be afraid to pick both,” Daley said of the possibility of pairing Moylan and Tedesco.