NRL 2024: Isaah Yeo gutted for Dylan Edwards who will miss State of Origin

Penrith team-mate Dylan Edwards won’t get the chance to make his State of Origin debut, but the injured star is still in camp to keep the new energy buzzing in the welcome Blues. back former captain James Tedesco.

Edwards suffered the quad injury while doing extras in training and preparing for his first foray at full-back for the Blues after four years of club dominance that could no longer be ignored.

Despite missing his debut, it is hoped Edwards can return in time to be available for the second leg on June 26 in Melbourne, and the last gasp injury has left Panthers team-mate Ye feeling for his colleague.

“I felt like it was a long time coming for him and then he finally got his chance and then he (gets injured),” Yeo said.

“Even the way he did it, he did it with some extras trying to do the right thing at the end of training. I’m disappointed for him and the opportunity he’s had, but at the same time, it’s not often that you bring someone of ‘Ted’s caliber into it.”

Edwards is one of the most humble players in the NRL, keeping everything close to his chest, but even Yeo could tell his close mate was devastated to miss out on the opportunity.

But Edwards did the team thing and immediately put his hand up when he knew something was wrong, instead of trying to cover it up and play through the pain that could have been avoided during the game, with the Blues currently without an outside back. bench.

“He was as exhausted as he can be in this environment,” Yeo said.

“It’s all over now and we’ve got to move on, but he’s still in camp, which is a credit to Madge (NSW coach Michael Maguire) and Dyl as a person, because it would probably have been easy to go and hide at home for a few days.

“He’s still pitching in and doing his part for the team, and that’s the man and the environment we’re trying to create here.

“You don’t want to go into (the game) with a zip and then they have to pull you out after five or 10 minutes.

“He did the right thing by marking it to see what was wrong, but the scan wasn’t hot. I’m disappointed for him, but it’s something he could keep quiet about, but then you wouldn’t know what’s going to happen during the game.”

Losing a key player just days before a series opener would normally throw a campaign into disarray, but it helps tremendously to be able to turn to a man who’s been there for the previous 22 Origins.

Yeo dismissed any suggestion of animosity given Tedesco was left out of Wednesday’s game, with the former Blues captain providing stability and leadership to a side looking to end two years of Queensland dominance.

“It’s not too often that you get someone like Ted to play his 23rd game on a bounce,” he said.

“He’s captained his state and been successful with NSW so the transition is seamless because he’s played with a lot of guys before so the systems are pretty similar.

“In that respect, we’re very fortunate that if something like this happens this late, we can bring in someone of his caliber and it’s happened so seamlessly.”

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