NEW Australian signing Justin Carney cannot wait to get going and show Castleford Tigers fans what he can do.
Tigers boss Ian Millward has gone on record to say he is expecting big things from a player he believes will be a real crowd pleaser and Carney is eager to justify his coach’s claims - once he gets used to the cold weather in Castleford.
The 24-year-old signing from NRL side Sydney Roosters has put the heat of Australia behind him and now wants to put the heat on opponents after arriving in England last week.
He is being put through his paces in pre-season training as he builds fitness towards the 2013 season, but admits it is matches he really enjoys and he is already looking forward to the first pre-season games when he expects to wear a Castleford shirt for the first time.
Carney told the Express: “I can’t wait to play and I’m sick of training already.
“I know I shouldn’t say that, but this is the worst time of a footballer’s season, it’s all pain and no play. You just want to get on the field and play.
“Hopefully I’ll get to play in the pre-season matches and I want to play in all of them.
“I’ve had enough time on the sidelines and I just want to get playing now.
“I’m just treating it like the start of any other season, like I would in Australia and I want to be professional in everything I do. I’ll look to improve and hopefully everything will turn out well.”
Carney reckons he has a little way to go before he gets his fitness to where he wants it to be, but he is fully recovered now from a badly broken leg that kept him out of the full 2010 season.
He said: “It’s all good now after the broken leg, there’s no dramas with it.
“It took me as little while to get over it, but it’s all sweet. It’s all good to go and I’m getting stuck into pre-season training now.
“I’m not used to the cold mornings yet, but I’m getting there.
“My first impressions of the club are that I like it. It’s not what I’m used to, but the boys have been really nice and it’s a good tight knit club.
“I didn’t really know much about the Castleford club, but I’m learning. I know a few players from Australia over here and they have only got good things to say about Cas and the club.
“It’s my first time over here, I’ve never been to England or played here before. Everything’s new to me, but it feels good.”
Carney had not met any of his new team-mates before flying over from Australia, but has worked with coach Millward before when playing for Canberra Raiders.
He said: “I know Ian Millward from Canberra and he’s a good fella.
“I’ve got a lot of time for Basil, he’s the one who got me over here and I’m looking forward to working with him. I’m very grateful to have him as a coach.
“He’s told me I’ll probably start on the wing for Castleford and I’m happy to play there.
“Centre is probably my main position, but I like it in the second row and I can play on the wing. But I don’t mind where I play, so long as I’ve got a jersey on and I’m on the field.
“My aim for the season is just to play regularly and hopefully for the club we can get in the top eight.
“I can see we’ve got a good young squad and I just want to play good footy with Cas with no hiccups.”
Castleford will be hoping their new Australian recruit can make a big enough impression to force his way into the Exiles squad to play against England - and the Exiles team is a big target Carney would like to aim for.
He added: “I haven’t really thought about it that much, but if I could get in the Exiles squad it would be real good and it’s something to aim for.
“But there are a lot of good players over here from Australia and New Zealand so it’s hard to get in the squad.
“It’s a good honour to get in the Exiles squad. I watched it this year on TV and it was good.”