• NSW winger Josh Addo-Carr says he wants to pursue a career helping troubled youth when he retires. (AAP)Source: AAP
NSW winger Josh Addo-Carr says he wants to pursue a career helping troubled youth following his retirement from the NRL.

7 Jul 2018 - 3:30 AM  UPDATED 7 Jul 2018 - 3:30 AM

Josh Addo-Carr's incredible rise from high school drop out to NSW sensation has sparked a passion inside him to help troubled youth.

After finishing last season as the NRL's equal top try-scorer and with a premiership ring, it came as no surprise when the 22-year-old Melbourne star was named as one of 13 rookies in this year's Blues squad.

Yet seven years ago, 16-year-old Addo-Carr strayed from the tracks and was axed from South Sydney's junior propgram, before dropping out of renowned rugby league nursery Matraville Sports High School.

The Blues winger moved to Brisbane with his dad and worked unhappily as a removalist before he joined the Cronulla under-20s and eventually the Wests Tigers, where he made his NRL debut in 2016.

"I got in a lot of trouble when I was younger," Add-Carr told AAP.

"I just want to help kids out as much as I can and show them the right way.

"I try to do as much as I can."

Addo-Carr is one of four players in the Blues squad with indigenous heritage along with Latrell Mitchell, James Roberts and Tyrone Peachey.

For Addo-Carr, playing in a Blues side with a such a strong Indigenous representation has given him not only a sense of pride, but has made him a role model for Aboriginal children.

The winger is studying youth work and says he is looking to pave a career in helping kids after footy.

"It's a great honour to represent our people on the big stage," he said.

"It's pretty special for our people and just goes to show if you work hard you can do whatever."

The Maroons will use next week's game three to pay tribute to Addo-Carr's Storm teammates Billy Slater and Cameron Smith, who this year announced their representative retirements.

Addo-Carr said he would like nothing more than to rain on his good mates' parade as the Blues shoot for a rare series clean sweep.

"We want to win and I guess we want to spoil the party up there.

"I'm feeling pretty confident, just got to believe in our game plan and execute it and it's obviously going to be a hard challenge up in Queensland but we've got to put our best foot forward."