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Foxx eyes 40km/h frontier: 'I wanted to be an Olympian'

Storm flyer Josh Addo-Carr wants to break the 40km/h frontier but he insists there are plenty of undiscovered Indigenous kids faster than him.

Last year the Telstra Tracker clocked Addo-Carr at 38.5 km/h against the Cowboys in round five, the fastest recorded speed in NRL history.

Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt clocked the fastest time for a human in 2009 in the 100m sprint in Berlin when he reached a top seed of 44.64 km/h just after the mid-point of his 9.58sec world record dash at the World Championships.

Running with a football does reduce sprint speeds. While the man known as 'The Foxx' has his sights on breaking the 40 km/h mark he insists that there are faster footballers out there.

"If I trained like a professional sprinter I would probably reach that speed, and my goal is still to get to 40 kilometres an hour," Addo-Carr told ahead of Friday night's preliminary final against the Raiders.

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"It was about footy when I was growing up, but I always wanted to go to the Olympics and try my hand in that.

"I don’t see why a big-name sprint coach could not train an Indigenous kid from a community to be the best sprinter.

"There are a lot faster kids than I am up in Yarrabah, Cairns, Wellington and Dubbo and other communities.

"I’d love to see more of those Indigenous athletes discovered because there are definitely faster people than me. They just need an opportunity."

This year Addo-Carr also has the highest recorded speed of 37.2 km/h against the Wests Tigers in round 19. As for where his pace comes from, he points to his Indigenous roots once again.

"I’m not too sure but my dad [Joey Addo] used to be fast and it just runs in the genes I suppose. He was a short, fast black fella from up near Cairns, up in Yarrabah," he said.

"Him and my uncles were known for their speed. It just runs in the family I suppose.

"I have also been blessed with some good coaches who have shown me how to run properly and create power."

Rigorous conditioning work of his legs and body in recent years has ensured Addo-Carr has maintained his trademark pace while also increasing his tackle-breaking ability.

"Speed is power as everyone knows,” he said.

"When I first came here to Melbourne I weighed about 80 kilos, the same as Paps [Ryan Papenhuyzen] but I have put on 10 to 12 kilos since.

"It has been a long, tough journey and I have worked extremely hard to get my body where it is but it took a toll when I put the weight on, because my legs weren’t used to it.

"It was important for me to keep my speed and you have to run fast to stay fast.

"I broke that NRL record last year when I was at my heaviest, about 91 kilos. I had problems with my groins at the time and had to maintain my body weight and conditioning in my legs, but thank God I am all good now."

I’d love to see more of those Indigenous athletes discovered because there are definitely faster people than me. They just need an opportunity

Josh Add-Carr

AJ Brimson added acceleration to his own game by studying the techniques of leading sprinters and Addo-Carr has done the same.

"Marcus Kain, who is the speed and fitness coach here at the Storm, showed me clips of Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and all the famous sprinters and how they run," he said.

"When you are in open space you need to relax. When you try too hard you over-stride and that is probably the worst thing to do."

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Addo-Carr is now on the cusp of his third grand final appearance.

The Storm made 16 errors and completed at 71 per cent in the 38-24 qualifying final win over the Eels, where they also trailed 12-nil early, but Addo-Carr said that would not be good enough against the Raiders at Suncorp Stadium.

"We have to step it up a gear," he said.

"I don’t think our completions were too good against the Eels and it is important we start well in these big games."

Addo-Carr said his mindset was clear despite seeking a release from his contract next year to return to Sydney for family reasons, a negotiation he has put on the backburner for now.

"I thought it would be best to put it aside until the end of the season and focus on what I have to do for the Storm," he said.

"This is a special team and I am just very grateful to be a part of it."

As the interview finished with, Addo-Carr had one final point he wanted to re-iterate.

"I am not the fastest. Our Indigenous communities have plenty faster. I just want to get it out there," he said.

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