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‘Josh Addo-Carr is not coming to South Sydney’

South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett says homesick Melbourne flyer Josh Addo-Carr isn’t joining the Rabbitohs next season.Addo-Carr has been linked to Redfern as he looks to return to Sydney next season to be closer with family.Souths have been mentioned alongside the Wests Tigers as a potential new home for the representative winger, but Bennett insists…

South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett says homesick Melbourne flyer Josh Addo-Carr isn’t joining the Rabbitohs next season.

Addo-Carr has been linked to Redfern as he looks to return to Sydney next season to be closer with family.

Souths have been mentioned alongside the Wests Tigers as a potential new home for the representative winger, but Bennett insists it won’t happen.

“Josh Addo-Carr is not coming to South Sydney – that is not happening,” Bennett said.

Bennett also denied that Addo-Carr could join the Rabbitohs as part of a player swap with the likes of James Roberts or Jaxson Paulo to Melbourne.

“Not to my knowledge,” he said.

Bennett also declared that Souths’ stance on teen sensation Joseph Suaalii hasn’t changed.

The rising fullback wanted several clauses inserted into his contract to enable him to play rugby union, but the Rabbitohs denied this request.

This has opened the door for the Wests Tigers and the Sydney Roosters to pursue Suaalii’s signature.

Bennett, though, insisted that Souths won’t budge on the gifted teen’s contract demands.

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

Bennett is fully focused on Saturday’s elimination semi-final against Parramatta.

He believes the Eels will be a different team to the one the Rabbitohs defeated 38-0 back in round 16.

“Parramatta won’t be the same side that we played five weeks ago,” he said.

“We know that, and it is not even something that we’ve discussed.

“It is a new game, there are different players on the field. The majority of both teams are still there, but they have got other players in and we’ve got a couple that we didn’t have on that day.”

Bennett is expecting a big game against Parramatta from fullback Corey Allan, who has excelled in the No.1 jumper following Latrell Mitchell’s season-ending hamstring injury.

“I’ve been really pleased with Core – he has been very good, particularly after losing Latrell,” he said.

“At the time I said we would find someone, and Corey has brought something to the team and all the guys have enjoyed playing with him.

“He has settled in now and he is a lot more confident in himself.”

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