Castleford Tigers supporters player of the year Justin Carney has vowed to continue his all-action style in his second season in Super League.
The Australian outside back made an instant impression with his first English club last year with his powerful running style, big hits and 21 tries from 20 matches.
He also fell foul of authorities, picking up three suspensions for a variety of offences in the eyes of the RFL disciplinary committee. But, although he admits he is working on adapting his tackling technique, Carney does not want to take aggression out of his game.
He said: “I don’t think Daryl (Powell) needs to have a word with me about the suspensions I picked up last year. I’m not a kid, I know exactly what my downfalls are and it’s something I’ve got to fix up.
“That just comes with the game and with my style and I’ve just got to get it out of my game.
“I’ll try my best not to do it again. I’m not saying I will or I won’t, but it just comes with the game. I’m not going to stop doing something because of a fear of suspension.
“I’m going to go in wholeheartedly. You are going out there for war really so there’s no use going out there half-hearted and I’m never going out there like that.
“I’m feeling pretty good and fully fit. I’m not worried about the shoulder I injured any more and it’s time to play now.”
Carney believes he can be part of a successful Tigers side this year with the team more than capable of finishing in the top eight.
He admitted the loss of Rangi Chase would be felt, but is convinced that Cas have filled the gap well with more strength in depth in the half-back department.
Carney said: “I’m going to miss Rangi Chase as a bloke really. I’m mates with Rangi and I really worked well with him out on the paddock.
“It’s going to be very different, but good luck to him, he’s doing what is best for him. We can’t concentrate on that anymore, we’ve got good players like Finny, Dorny and Sneydy and we’ve got a lot of depth in the halves.
“There’s no reason why they can’t do a good job for the club. Rangi Chase is very unique, but these are very good players we have now as well. They’ve showed that through this off season.
“There is real competition everywhere in the team and that’s what you’ve got to have. My position is not concrete so I know I’m going to have to play well and put my best foot forward in training and matches. That’s the culture that Daryl’s brought here.
“Here’s brought people in like Lynchy and Dorny, guys with a mountain of experience and we’re going to feed off that. We will be really competitive.
“There’s a lot of young talent here and they are getting shown the right way to go about things. We are going to go a long way if they take their views on board.
“If we keep the full squad on board and they’re all fit I can’t see why we can’t finish in the top four.
“We’re training well and we’ve just got to have that winning attitude that the big teams have.
“The boys are gelling really well and we’re all heading in the same direction, which is something that is different from the last couple of years.
“There’s some real professionalism in the group and the boys are really tight. We were last year, but this time we are all playing for each other and helping each other out.
“At the moment we’re down near the bottom of clubs, but we want to make it so that no-one wants to play Cas, we’ve got to bring that to the table.
“You can’t just go through the motions and feel your way into a game. You’ve got to do like the big sides do and start fast – Warrington score most of their points in the first 20 minutes.
“We’ve got the talent here, we’ve just got to have the right attitude. We’re getting pushed in the right direction and hopefully everyone’s heading that way.”
Carney is about to start the second year of his two-year deal at Cas and admits he has not decided about whether he will stay at the club, join another Super League side or go back home to Australia.
He added: “I’m not really thinking about where I’ll be playing next year.
“I’m just concentrating on this year, winning the next game and getting a roll on with the boys.
“This is a big year for the club and I want to do my best to ensure they are as successful as possible.
“The contract will work out itself. That’s what I’ve got an agent for, he does a real good job so I just concentrate on trying to play well every week. Whatever happens, happens.
“I’m settled here, I like the boys and I like the club.
“It’s very different to what I’m used to, but everyone’s down to earth here and you can’t ask for better than that. You don’t find many people like that around now. It’s a good rugby league town.
“I loved my first year in Super League. The crowds were a lot different to what they are back in the NRL and it’s really good.”