The Sunday Mail (Queensland)
Giddy up Cowboy
NQ SIGN SPEED MA CHINE BY ROADSIDE
COWBOYS speedster Gideon Mosby was signed by the roadside and is now celebrating a stunning tryscoring record.
Rated as fast as Maroons fullback Billy Slater, Mosby has become the first player to score more than 30 tries in a season in the NRL’s under-20 competition.
Dally M medallist Ben Barba scored 28 tries in the NYC’s inaugural year in 2008.
Former Bronco Jharal Yow Yeh managed 27 in the same season, while Warriors hulk Konrad Hurrell (22), Titans flyer Kevin Gordon (21) and Souths pivot Luke Keary (20) all starred in the under-20s.
None can match the strikepower of Mosby, who has been hailed the quickest player in the Cowboys’ 20-year history after crossing for 31 tries in 20 appearances this season.
Mosby could finish the campaign with 35-plus if he maintains his strike-rate.
With the NRL set to scrap the under-20 competition at the end of 2017, Mosby’s name could be indelibly etched into the record books.
The 18-year-old got his big break two years ago after being snapped up on a sidewalk in Cairns.
“Gideon is one of the quick- est players I have ever seen, he is as quick as Michael Jennings and Billy Slater,” Cowboys recruitment chief Clint Zammit said.
“It’s funny how we found him. I was driving along one day and I saw him by the side of the road walking to school.
“I had seen Gideon play in a schoolboys carnival, so I recognised him and pulled over.
“I introduced myself, gave him my business card and said I thought he had the ability to play NRL.
“His dad ended up ringing the Cowboys and it’s gone from there.
‘‘It’s not every day you sign a kid on the side of the road.’’
Mosby hails from Darnley Island in the Torres Strait, the most northeasterly point in Australia, closer to Papua New Guinea than the mainland.
Known as Erub in the native language, it is home to about 400 people who mainly speak Brokan, a Torres Strait Creole. There are two stores, one school, one health centre ... and no rugby league.
To chase his dreams, Mosby moved to north Queensland as a 14-year-old and joined the Cairns Kangaroos, the junior club of Broncos skipper Justin Hodges.
He recently signed a twoyear extension and is set to train with the Cowboys’ NRL squad next pre-season.
“He is one of a number of under-20 kids we feel can take the next step up,” Cowboys football manager Peter Parr said.
“He’s the quickest I have seen at this club but Gideon has more to his game than just speed.
‘‘He runs hard and defends well and he will have a long career here.”