Powell hoping Castleford can move on after Carney departure

Justin Carney.
Justin Carney.

Justin Carney’s move from Castleford Tigers to Salford on a permanent basis is “the best thing for both parties” according to head coach Daryl Powell.

The Australian winger remains on loan with the Red Devils, but from June 1 officially becomes their player after a deal was agreed and confirmed on Monday.

“It was a difficult situation, but I thought we dealt with it as a club impeccably,” said Powell.

“At the end of the day he’s a good player, but there’s certain things you can accept in a rugby league club and certain things you can’t.

“I hope our fans understand there’s no way we could accept what happened.

“Justin’s moved on and that’s life, we couldn’t have done anything else I don’t think. Salford were the only club that were really interested in him and it was the best for both parties.

“It’s really important now that everybody just moves on. We can’t worry too much about what’s gone on in the past.

“There’s a lot of truth and honesty in rugby league and that’s the most important thing for me. Justin’s said he was wrong and yes you’re dead set right, he was wrong in every single way.

“People take the punishment and move on. It’s important he did that and it was a tough thing to go through. Things like that are, but it’s done now, we move on and that’s the way it is.

“We’ll be seeing him in a couple of weeks time in the cup match and we need to come out on top in that game.”