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Addo-Carr to miss Panthers clash for baby’s birth

Hughes was listed to miss two to three weeks but showed enough during training this week to have coach Craig Bellamy consider him for selection.

Bellamy said Jacks was reliable cover in the half-back role and he showed it in last weekend’s win over Newcastle Knights.

“Ryley did all the little things off the ball [last game] that we see as important to the team,” Bellamy said on Thursday.

“He always does a good job, he’s a really good, solid player.”

Bellamy has praised the impact of Momirovski, who is on loan this season from Wests Tigers and has shown hints he could also play on the wing, full-back, or even five-eighth.

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While Bellamy wasn’t planning to rush Momirovski in, Addo-Carr’s absence could offer him the chance to do so.

“He’s impressed everyone here with his attitude, he asks a lot of questions and gives his opinion when he’s got one,” Bellamy said.

“We are busting to give him a chance. But I need to be fair to the other guys in the team too.”

Bellamy wants to avoid changing half-backs this season after some uncertainty in the role in the past two campaigns.

Jacks and emerging back Cooper Johns have both been pushing for game time behind Hughes, who was moved into the role from full-back last season.

“We would prefer to have the one half-back there but injuries, other situations happen,” Bellamy said.

“Jahrome hasn’t played a whole heap of half-back. Ryley has always done a really good job for us in his time here.

“We would prefer to go with just the one half-back but we have to be adaptable as well.”

The Storm’s recent record against the Panthers has been strong but this year’s side has made a 3-2 start to the season and look poised to play in the finals.

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“I think Api Koroisau has made a big difference to them, he’s a wonderful player,” Bellamy said.

“Some of their younger forwards are a little more experienced as well. They run hard and have a little bit of skill in their game as well.

“Having Nathan Cleary back has helped them, there is something a little extra about them this year.

“They look a very comfortable side, very physical side and one that will be right up there later in the season.”

The Storm play the Panthers at Campbelltown Stadium on Friday at 7.55pm AEST.

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