The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Giddy up Cow­boy

NQ SIGN SPEED MA CHINE BY ROAD­SIDE

- PETER BADEL @badel_c­mail

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.”

 ??  ?? GIDEON’S SPI­RAL: Gideon Mosby is light­ing up the NRL’s un­der-20 com­pe­ti­tion; with his speed been rated along­side that of (inset) Storm gun Billy Slater.
GIDEON’S SPI­RAL: Gideon Mosby is light­ing up the NRL’s un­der-20 com­pe­ti­tion; with his speed been rated along­side that of (inset) Storm gun Billy Slater.

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