Mead hoping to run like a Bolt in 2011

Jetstar Gold Coast Titans speedster David Mead has turned to Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt for inspiration as he prepares to make his comeback from a foot injury in 2011.

The former PNG international is well on the road to recovery from a foot operation he underwent in Round 16 last year and is following a similar philosophy to the Olympic Mantra of ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’ in a bid to regain his spot on the Jetstar Titans wing this season.

“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.”

With the likes of fellow speedster Kevin Gordon, new recruit Joe Vickery and Tweed Heads Seagulls winger Dominic Peyroux competing for spots on the wing in 2011, Mead has stepped up his preparations by going the extra mile with new housemates Luke Capewell, who has joined the club from Souths, and Under-20s player Douglas Veatupu.

“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.

Mead has spent a total of six months on the sidelines due to his foot injury and just when the talented youngster was starting to get up to speed he suffered a minor setback during the start of pre-season training at the end of November.

“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.”

The 22-year-old believes he is still on track for the club’s Round 1 encounter against the 2010 Telstra Premiers when the Jetstar Titans take on St George Illawarra at Skilled Park on Saturday, March 12.