JUSTIN CARNEY insists he can’t afford to focus on what sort of reception he will receive when he returns to the Jungle this weekend.
Carney joined Sunday’s visitors Salford Red Devils from Castleford Tigers in the off-season, after initially being suspended by the West Yorkshire club over allegations concerning his private life.
This weekend’s Super League fixture will be the first time Carney, who scored 63 tries in 62 games for Castleford, has faced his former teammates.
“It is what it is,” the winger said of his impending return. “I have said before it was my own doing so I have got to suffer the consequences, but try to play my own game.
“Cas’ fans are pretty vocal, but they are great fans. But Cas is a tough team so I can’t let them get to me because they are dark horses this year, I think.
“I have got to be on my game and can’t let that (any abuse} get to me.”
Asked if he will celebrate, should he bag a try, Carney said: “If I score.
“I have only scored once this year. I reckon I have a bit of a curse on me at the minute.
“At this minute I couldn’t tell you what I would do.
“I’ll just crack on and if I manage to score it will be a bonus.
“I have got a big job to do anyway. So, I will worry about that when it comes.”
Despite the circumstances surrounding his move, Carney insisted he is enjoying his time at Salford.
“I am,” he said. “It is a great club and the boys are awesome. I am right at home here. It’s a great environment to be in.”