Canterbury great Terry Lamb says under-siege Bulldogs halves Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds don’t deserve to be picked for NSW on their current form.
But the former Blues utility believes the duo should be be shown loyalty by coach Blues coach Laurie Daley given their State of Origin series-winning efforts last year.
Hodkinson and Reynolds have come under heavy criticism for their form after six NRL rounds from several quarters, including NSW great Andrew Johns.
Lamb, who played 262 games for the Dogs, eight for NSW and seven for Australia, agreed with Johns.
“Joey is probably right, the way they are playing at the moment, they probably don’t deserve the spot,” Lamb said.
“But they still have four weeks to improve.
“They had the job last year, that needs to be remembered.
“They just have to play a little better, and play more consistent and push the team around, to get into that spot.
“It’s up to Laurie to make that decision.
“Laurie is a very loyal person, at this stage I am sure both of them will be in the team.
“It is very important to win that first game here in Sydney and hopefully Josh and Trent will get better as the year goes on.”
Reynold’s indifferent form hasn’t been helped by a broken arm, which kept him out of three games, while Hodkinson has battled an ongoing knee injury. But Lamb believes they will both come good.
“I don’t think they are playing as good as they were,” Lamb said.
“But in saying that Josh didn’t have a pre-season, Trent didn’t have a pre-season, they are building into the season.
“I would rather them play really good at the end of the season if we (the Bulldogs) are in the grand final or the semi finals and build up to that.
“The team itself, we have injuries everywhere, we have suspensions everywhere you just can’t blame those two for how Canterbury are playing at this stage.”