James Tedesco’s starring role in NSW’s State of Origin III triumph will propel his game to even greater heights, according to his NSW and Wests Tigers teammate Aaron Woods.
Fullback Tedesco ran for over 200m in one of the more impressive Origin debuts last week.
After enjoying a week away from the NRL due to a bye, the Tigers’ NSW stars Tedesco, Woods and Robbie Farah returned to training at Concord Oval on Wednesday.
Tedesco has already been one of the stars of the NRL season, averaging 138 running metres a game, scoring 11 ties in 13 matches and breaking more tackles than any other fullback.
And Woods says he will have gained even more confidence from his first-up effort with the Blues.
“He would have grown a lot from Origin,” Tigers captain Woods said.
“He probably went into game three not knowing if he was ready or not but the way he played he showed everybody. I thought he was enormous.
“To see Teddy get that chance in game three and to take it with both hands was fantastic. He is going to come back here with a lot of confidence.”
Former NSW prop and Tigers interchange forward Tim Grant said Tedesco would have a better understanding of his own game after his Origin experience ahead of the Tigers’ round 20 clash with St George Illawarra at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.
“I can’t wait to see Teddy back on the field,” Grant said.
“I think Origin gives you that extra kick and gives you that next step up. What he brings back to the team here will be priceless.
“Teddy is the sort of guy that is always humble and always composed but on the field among us he is a leader.
“To be surrounded with the best in the game and to really shine, he is going to bring so much back to us and better understand his role not just with us but in the NRL.”