Carney’s departure from Castleford confirmed

Justin Carney on his return to Castleford this season with the Salford Red Devils.
Justin Carney on his return to Castleford this season with the Salford Red Devils.
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Castleford Tigers have confirmed that Justin Carney’s request to be released from his contact has been accepted.

The release will happen on June 1 and Carney will remain on loan at Salford Red Devils until then with the Tigers saying they will make no further comment beyond that.

The 27-year-old Australian is currently on a season-long loan from Castleford but will now stay with the Red Devils after the two clubs agreed a deal.

Salford say they have beaten off competition from a host of rival clubs for his signature on a contract that will keep him at the AJ Bell Stadium until the end of 2019.

Head coach Ian Watson said: “Justin is a real good bloke to have around the place. He is a great influence on the group and a hugely competitive professional.

“He wants to win things and you see that in his attacking play. He is a 100 miles per hour player and he is the top metre maker in the competition this year. That’s a big plus for any team.”

Carney was a big fans’ favourite at Castleford, scoring 63 tries in 62 appearances. But he was suspended by the club towards the end of last season when reports emerged of an affair with the partner of a team-mate.

Carney will return to face former club Cas in the next round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup on Saturday, May 7.