TANK ON the flank Justin Carney has admitted he expected to have to wait in line to make his Castleford Tigers comeback.
The powerful winger missed eight games due to a dislocated elbow, but returned against St Helens 15 days ago and is expected to continue in the side when Widnes Vikings visit the Jungle on Sunday.
Carney has returned to a team playing well and full of confidence. Tigers will aim to make it five straight wins this weekend and he said: “I’m delighted to be into the side, because they went so well without me.
“I thought I’d have to sit on the sidelines for a bit, because the boys were going really well and Gibbo (Ashley Gibson) and Denny (Solomona) were doing outstanding jobs on the wings. I thought I’d bide my time, but Daryl (Powell, Tigers’ coach) has put me in.
“I was very scratchy, but hopefully I’ll stay in the side now and get back to where I was before. It is early days yet, but it’s strong and I’ve just got to get used to it and play with confidence and I’ll be okay.”
Tigers began round 20 in fifth spot on the First Utility Super League table and Carney reckons they are timing their run just right.
“It has been a rollercoaster year, but now we’re finding our way a bit and teams are finding us hard to deal with at the minute,” he said. “We can’t take our foot off the throttle yet, we’ve got to keep improving every week, but we should be okay when it comes to the play-offs. It has taken a bit of time, but Benny (Roberts) and Junior (Moors) are hitting their straps now. They are big players in our side and now we’re gelling, it’s good to watch.”
Meanwhile Carney, who has scored 48 tries in 51 Super League appearances, has confirmed he wants to play for England. The Aussie will qualify on residential grounds later this year and he said: “I have thought about this in passing because I’ve been asked the question before by family and yes I would (play for England).
“To me, this is my home now. I feel really at home at Cas. It’s a chance to play international footy which I’ve never done before and I’ll take any chance to do that.”