Meet the su­per he­roes of Septem­ber

Inside Sport - - INSIDE AFL - BY FOX LEAGUE’ S LARA PITT

As Fox League pre­pares to ramp things up for the fi­nals, it’s ex­cit­ing to think about which play­ers will play star­ring roles. Here’s five fleet-footed foot­ballers who could very well be your team’s su­per­hero this Septem­ber.

“THEFOX” Josh Addo-Carr (Mel­bourne Storm)

Josh Addo-Carr couldn’t be prouder to have his great-grand­fa­ther’s name up in lights: “His last name was Fox. I love it. Ever since I was a lit­tle kid play­ing foot­ball, my Mum started call­ing me Fox.”

A handy pick-up from the Wests Tigers, the Storm re­placed Fly­ing Fi­jian Marika Koroi­bete with ar­guably a faster model. The 22-year-old is a joy to watch; a fast, try-scor­ing ma­chine who sits among the top-five this year.

With Su­liasi Vu­ni­valu on the other flank, Mel­bourne boasts two of the most elu­sive wingers in the game. They’ve given fans plenty of rea­sons to rise to their feet this year, and I dare say there’ll be more high­lights to come.

“MOOSE” Josh McGuire (Bris­bane Bron­cos)

Orig­i­nally given the nick­name Show­bags for his rep­u­ta­tion as be­ing a “Big Show”, Josh McGuire some­how con­vinced ev­ery­one “Moose” McGuire was way bet­ter. And, it stuck.

The team’s se­rial pest and prac­ti­cal joker, Moose gets away with it be­cause he’s so damn tough when he pulls that Bron­cos jer­sey on. He leads Bris­bane’s for­ward pack when it comes to me­tres made this sea­son and rel­ishes in a bit of nig­gle. Don’t be sur­prised to see Moose spice things up this fi­nals se­ries.

“THEHULK” Ja­son Tau­malolo (North Queens­land Cow­boys)

Two gold teeth, built like a Cly­des­dale, with a ram­pag­ing run­ning style – this guy was born to wreak havoc on a footy field. Like the Hulk, Tau­malolo smashes things for fun. That’s bad news for op­po­si­tion de­fen­sive lines.

Tau­malolo picked up right where he left off last year, and then some. The Dally M-medal­list signed a ten-year deal and hasn’t sat back to en­joy the fat pay cheque. He’s run­ning more me­tres, play­ing more min­utes and mak­ing more tack­les than ever be­fore.

With­out Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott, the Cow­boys might just need a su­per­hero ef­fort to go deep into the fi­nals. And I can’t think of any­one bet­ter to lead the charge than the Hulk.

“NUG” Jake Friend (Syd­ney Roost­ers)

Jake Friend is seen as a "nugget of gold" amongst his team-mates. Rated up there with Kan­ga­roos cap­tain Cameron Smith when it comes to his work rate, Nug re­ceives the ul­ti­mate praise from fel­low hard nut Jared Waerea-Har­g­reaves.

“Pearcey and Keary do all the fancy stuff, but when you throw Friendy into that spine, he’s the glue that brings it all to­gether,” WaereaHar­g­reaves says.

Friend is the player who mo­ti­vates the team in the thick of bat­tle. And Trent Robin­son is go­ing to need ev­ery bit of that lead­er­ship to rise to the top if they’re to turn around a dis­as­trous 2016 sea­son and make it deep into Septem­ber.

“TOMMYTURBO” Tom Tr­bo­je­vic (Manly Sea Ea­gles)

Partly be­cause it’s eas­ier than say­ing his real name, but mostly be­cause of his need for speed, the me­dia af­fec­tion­ately dubbed the lo­cal ju­nior Tommy Turbo.

Stand­ing at 193cm tall and weigh­ing 105kg, this 20-year-old has the world at his feet.

“He’s tough,” says Manly-War­ringah Sea Ea­gles cap­tain Daly Cherry-Evans. “Teams might try to bully a young full­back, but he just palms peo­ple away or just runs around them.”

In his first full year at full­back, he’s shone, sit­ting ahead of the Storm's Billy Slater, Bris­bane Bronco Dar­ius Boyd and Wests Tigers' James Tedesco when it comes to tries, av­er­age me­tres and line breaks. Even though we all love to hate Manly, I can’t wait to see Tommy T make his mark on the fi­nals se­ries ...

Tommy Turbo, the Fox [above left] and Nug [above right].

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