He suffered a season-ending foot injury that threatened to derail his career, but the young flyer has plowed through the adversity, and gotten himself back in contention for spot on the wing for the Titans with a little help from one Usain Bolt.

David Mead, a former PNG International suffered the foot injury in Round 16, and he subsequently missed the remainder of the season which enabled him to watch the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt more closely.

By doing so, Mead has chosen to adopt a similar philosophy to that of Bolt’s which is ‘Faster, Stronger, Better’.

My foot is at about 90 per cent now so I feel like I can get a lot quicker. I have just been watching a few Usain Bolt sprints at home so hopefully I can get half as quick as him,’’ he joked.

“Ideally I would like to try to get a bit quicker and especially put on a bit of size but hopefully not lose the speed.”

The Titans, who are full of speed in the back-line with Mead, and fellow team-mates Kevin Gordon, Joe Vickery, and Dominic Peyroux all vying for the vacant wing position for 2011.

In light of his injury, Mead is putting in the hard yards as training as he gears up to get his foot 100% before the trials in February.

“I have always done an extra half hour on my own at home concentrating on skills, but now I have two new roommates that I can head down to the fields with in the afternoon for some extra training and some speed work as well,’’ he said.

The injury Mead sustained kept him on the sidelines for 6 months, a lengthy period of time for any injury, which happened just when Mead was picking up his form and playing brilliant footy.

“During the pre-season last year I was feeling good but just got a little niggle in my knee and that sort of slowed things down a bit,” he said.

“But I am pretty happy to get back on the field now I’m feeling good and just want to get back into the routine.”

By ricky

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