Why Feldt wants to thank Andrew Voss
Should Kyle Feldt cross for another freakish game-winning try in Sunday's grand final, you can expect the Cowboys winger to seek out commentator Andrew Voss to personally thank him for what he believes is the best rule change in rugby league history.
For years, players would be denied spectacular four-pointers for coming into contact with the corner post, even though they had remained in the field of play and had managed to ground the ball cleanly.
Voss and co-host Phil Gould passionately campaigned on their show Boots N All for the NRL to change the rule to reward wingers for their acrobatic exploits, and after several years they got their way.
The NRL changed the rule during the 2010 season, deeming the corner post would no longer be treated as touch-in-goal when players came into contact with them.
In the years since, players have pulled off some gravity-defying finishes that the game's pioneers could only dream about, and Feldt, who has scored some outrageous four-pointers, believes Voss deserves all the credit.
"There are a lot of wingers who need to shake his hand for that," Feldt replied when asked about Voss's campaign for change.
"There have been some outstanding tries since the corner post went out of play. I think it's the best thing that's happened in the game.
"Ever since they took the corner post out of play, that's the biggest factor that was in the game at the time, and now, since it's not in play, you can really bend and move your body around the corner post.
"Even if you do touch it, you're not out so that's the biggest thing nowadays. There's a split second that you have to make the right decision and sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn't."
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Feldt's freakish finishing ability has been on full show in each of the past two weeks, with the 2015 premiership-winning hero crossing for tries that most players would have botched.
In the semi-final win over Parramatta, the 25-year-old touched down in the same corner that still gives Broncos fans nightmares despite most of his body being out of play.
His skills were on show in the preliminary final when he somehow grounded the Steeden in the field of play to give his side the lead, despite the belly of the ball hovering precariously over the sideline.
His acrobatic arsenal has made him one of the best finishers in the game, but contrary to belief Feldt is adamant that he doesn't train for it.
"No way! If you practised it I think you'd get hurt at training. It's too hard to practise it; it's just a spur of the moment thing," he said.
"It's just the way that you put it down. I think that every player knows what they've got to do in that split second. At the time it doesn't feel like a split second – it feels like an eternity – and in that case you've just got to take a breath and knuckle down and hope you get it down in the corner."
Feldt's own form has mirrored North Queensland's rejuvenation in the second half of the season.
The talented winger failed to score in the opening nine rounds but has since touched down for 15 tries – including six in his past five games – to help the Cowboys to an unlikely grand final showdown with the Melbourne Storm.
"I wouldn't say that anything has changed; it's just that our attack in general has really changed around. We've stayed really composed and the ball is getting out to the wing which is good to see," he said.
"I wouldn't say that I'm prolific, but I'm just out there really doing my job and just doing it to the best ability I can."
The man with the booming right boot wasn't at 100 per cent in the win over the Roosters and had to relinquish the kick-off duties after he picked up a cork in the first half.
However, Cowboys fans needn't worry with Feldt confident he'll be 100 per cent for his crucial match-up with Storm speedster Josh Addo-Carr.
"He's got a bit of toe on him so hopefully I don't give him too much [room] on the outside," he said of the Storm recruit.
"It's always good when you come up against someone who's a good winger as well and they really take pride in their game. He's come a long way since he's moved to Melbourne from the Tigers so it's all credit to him."