He’s tearing up the NRL like never before but James Tedesco has warned his best is yet to come.
As if Monday’s scintillating display against Canterbury wasn’t enough, the Sydney Roosters superstar insists he can take his game to even more dizzying heights.
“As a footballer, you can never really nail an attribute 100 per cent so for me it’s just keep working on everything that I need to be as a fullback,” Tedesco said.
“Being a fullback involves every skill in the game so for me it’s just continuing to work hard at training and on extras and don’t take a backward step.
“Maybe there’s little improvements in every area.”
Tedesco is already the complete package, as evidenced by his three tries, two try assists and five line-break assists against the Bulldogs after sitting out round four with an elevated temperature.
The performance came after he collected the Dally M Medal, the Kangaroos’ Harry Sunderland medal and a second straight State of Origin Wally Lewis Medal, NSW’s Brad Fittler Medal and the Roosters’ Jack Gibson Medal in an utterly dominant 2019.
The 27-year-old says he’s in career-best touch and no-one is arguing.
“Teddy’s playing some wonderful footy at the moment. There’s no question about that,” said his Roosters teammate and former Test star Brett Morris.
“But it’s a credit to the guy the way that he looks after himself off the field. He does everything right off the field and then when it comes to training he’s one of the first blokes out there, one of the last to leave.
“So it’s not a fluke that he’s playing like this.”
Morris believes the fleet-footed fullback may even be the best player he’s teamed with.
“The impact that he has on games, the big moments we have, he’s always around them,” the winger said.
“You talk about big-game players, he’s consistent as well. Guys you can rely on week in, week out, he ticks all those boxes and more.
“When you’re lining up next to Teddy, you’re always confident that you can go out and do your job because you know he’s going to absolutely nail his.
“He’s one of those guys you love having in your team. You know what he’s going to bring. You know what he does week in, week out. He’s a special player.”