FLYER POWER

None faster than Addo- Carr

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NRL - DAVID RIC­CIO CHIEF SPORTS WRITER

SHUT the gate. Josh “The Fox” Addo-Carr is not only the fastest player for the NSW Blues — but in any foot­ball code in Aus­tralia.

That’s the sensational opin­ion of Aus­tralia’s most re­spected sprint and con­di­tion­ing coach. NSW Ori­gin team high-per­for­mance man­ager Hay­den Knowles has worked with a rich blend of the world’s great­est track and field ath­letes.

They in­clude not only NRL speed­sters James Roberts and James Tedesco, but Com­mon­wealth Games gold medal-win­ning long jumper Fabrice Lapierre, dis­cus thrower Dani Sa­muels, for­mer world box­ing cham­pion Danny Green and Jar­ryd Hayne.

With his con­tacts in world ath­let­ics, Knowles was also re­spon­si­ble for bring­ing the great­est ath­lete on earth, Usain Bolt, to Aus­tralia in 2010 for the fastest man in foot­ball sprint race, which was then won by rugby union flyer, Lach­lan Turner.

The Sun­day Tele­graph cornered Knowles in a bid to have him re­solve the most pop­u­lar and re­peated ques­tion ahead of Ori­gin I.

In a blis­ter­ing back­line, who is the fastest player for NSW — La­trell Mitchell, James Tedesco, James Roberts or Addo-Carr?

“I’ve seen a lot, but out­side of pure track and field, there wouldn’t be a sports per­son in any code of Aus­tralia as fast as Josh Addo-Carr,’’ Knowles said. “If we ever put on a cross-code footy race again one day, my money is on Josh Addo-Carr.’’

So con­fi­dent was Knowles that the Mel­bourne Storm flyer — whose top speed was clocked at 37.8 km/h ear­lier this year — was the quick­est footy star in the coun­try, he is pre­pared to make the call with­out the need for GPS data.

He worked along­side NSW coach Brad Fit­tler in the past two City Ori­gin camps where he trained Tedesco and Roberts.

“It was only the other year that I was blown away by some­one like Jimmy Roberts in the City Ori­gin camp,’’ Knowles said.

“Then I had Josh Ad­doCarr a year later — and I thought, ‘wow, there’s one bet­ter than Jimmy Roberts’.

“I’m now see­ing him every day with the Blues and he just does it so ef­fort­lessly.

“He’s the one. The best sprint­ers do make it look so easy and that’s Addo-Carr.’’

Knowles said that not even his pas­sion for sprint coach­ing could sway him to­wards a de­bate-set­tling race be­tween the Blues out­side backs this week.

“For the sake of avoid­ing in­jury, we’re not go­ing to go and do a 100m race,’’ Knowles said. “But if we were to do short stuff, you’d prob­a­bly find Tedesco and Josh would reach sim­i­lar top speeds on the GPS. But that doesn’t show what would hap­pen if they gen­uinely had a 100m race … Josh would be gone.”

Pic­ture: Phil Hill­yard

Josh Addo-Carr has pace to burn for the Blues.

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