‘Not happening’: Bennett dismisses Addo-Carr link to Souths

Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett has shut down suggestions Josh Addo-Carr could head to Redfern Oval if the Roosters beat them to Joseph Suaalii's signature.

After the Herald revealed this week 17-year-old Suaalii was in talks with the Roosters, a switch for Storm star Addo-Carr to the Rabbitohs looked possible.

Both Souths and the Wests Tigers have been named as potential clubs for Addo-Carr, who is looking to relocate to Sydney to be closer to his family.Credit:Getty

The Souths coach said the reports linking Suaalii with the Roosters had not changed the situation in his view.

The teenage star was expected to turn down a lucrative bid from Rugby Australia, and the chance to represent Australia at sevens rugby at the Olympics, to join South Sydney.

ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys said earlier this year the game would consider dropping the first-grade age restriction of 18 to keep Suaalii in the code.

“You know our position. Nothing has changed from our end,” he said.

Addo-Carr has a close relationship with Latrell Mitchell, who South Sydney are yet to secure on a long-term contract.

Bennett said he was amazed at the "confidence" Corey Allan has found since stepping into the No.1 jersey after Mitchell was ruled out for the season after round 16 due to a hamstring injury.

"I've been really pleased with him [Allan]. I think he has done a very good job, particularly after losing Latrell we all kind of knew what he brought," Bennett said. "He's brought something to the team and the guys have all enjoyed playing with him … he's settled in a lot now and he's a lot more confident."

Bennett also spoke about his role as Queensland coach this year before Kalyn Ponga was officially ruled out by the club due to a shoulder injury.

"I know how much players do want to play Origin, but if they're not fit to play I don't want them to play," Bennett said. "Invariably they don't play well because they don't have confidence, so it doesn't work."

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