James Tedesco speaks out after surprise NSW Blues recall for State of Origin opener vs QLD Maroons

Recalled NSW fullback James Tedesco has spoken of a “wild 24 hours” after being called up to replace Dylan Edwards when the Panthers star was injured in the Blues camp on Saturday.

After coming close to seeing his 22-game Origin streak come to an end, Tedesco will now line up for Wednesday night’s series opener after a whirlwind few days.

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“It’s been a bit of a wild 24 hours after ‘Madge’ (Maguire) called me yesterday after our (Roosters) Captain’s Run and said I could be a chance,” Tedesco said after joining the camp on Sunday Blues.

“I had to wait until this morning. I was going to play a game today (NRL) or come to camp (NSW).”

“It was a little crazy. But obviously it’s a great honor and a privilege to be back in the NSW camp,” he added.

“Obviously I’m disappointed with Dylan how it happened. But it’s a good opportunity for me.”

Tedesco revealed he approached Edwards during the week to offer his support after he was selected for a possible debut, adding that he had spoken to the injured Panthers star earlier today.

“I just saw him briefly. I sent him a message. It’s just hard, it’s life sometimes – bad luck happens. He definitely deserved a place here,” he said.

But despite now being axed, Tedesco says he is not going into the game with a point to prove.

“I don’t think that’s my mentality,” he said.

“My mindset is to do what’s best for the team and play to the best of my ability and help create a win. That’s the most important thing for me.”

Tedesco will have just two training sessions to get up to speed with the new-look NSW spine ahead of Wednesday’s first game, with the Blues having their main training session on Monday before the captaincy on Tuesday.

“I’ve played with most of these guys or been to camps with almost all of them, it’s not like I don’t know any of them,” Tedesco said.

“I know how most of these guys play and I know on a personal level, so that definitely helps coming into camp and knowing the guys. I have some training sessions with them, so I’m just building that connection. These are different preparations than I had before.”

The Roosters star’s initial unselected also meant he lost the captain’s armband to Jake Trbojević – a situation that will not change despite the return of Tedesco. But the veteran says he holds no grudges.

“I just want to do what’s best for the team, no matter how I feel,” he said.

“I’m thrilled that Jakey (Trbojevic) will be leading this team, I’m very close to Jakey, I know he’s a proud and passionate New South Welshman, so I’m delighted for him to have this honour.

“I just want to go after him and follow him to the win. Obviously I want to show my best and play some good footy, but that’s my mentality every game anyway.”

Originally published as Tedesco breaks silence on ‘wild 24 hours’ after ‘crazy’ Origin recall

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