Bellamy says Dale Finucane is a can’t miss selection for Origin


“For me he has [done enough for selection] in previous years but this year I think he’s gone up another level – I can’t see how they can leave him out,” Bellamy said on Saturday.

“He’s such a hard worker, plays long minutes, is up over 100 metres [per game], he can pass the footy, tackle and the big part about Dale is that he’s one of the best club-men I’ve ever coached.

An Origin must-pick: Storm’s Dale Finucane.Credit:AAP

“Whatever the team needs him to do, he is only too happy to do it and he will do it.

“I’ll be very disappointed for him if he doesn’t get picked this year.”

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While Bellamy is certain, the Blues squad looks wide open with form and fitness raising question marks about from the halves pairing to the forward pack.

Storm winger Josh Addo-Carr looks a good shout to remain in the Blues side after impressing last year while when Queensland name their side the Storm could have several players named including Cameron Munster, Felise Kaufusi and Will Chambers.

“I haven’t heard anything this year so hopefully they [Blues coaches] don’t need my opinion on Dale and they have made that opinion themselves that they can’t leave him out,” Bellamy said.

“But I haven’t seen what people have been picking or what the rumours are. I’d certainly have in there.”

The Storm face the Bulldogs at Belmore on Sunday and Bellamy is priming his side for a physical test from the home side who went very close to upsetting Melbourne at AAMI Park earlier this season.

Bellamy said he wanted to remain loyal to starting fullback Jahrome Hughes who returns from a concussion but young flyer Ryan Papenhuyzen could have a bigger role than previous weeks off the bench as Bellamy looks to exploit his speed and dare against tiring defenders.

The Storm play the Bulldogs at Belmore on Sunday at 2pm.

Roy Ward is a Sports writer for The Age.

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