Justin Carney was once one of the most terrifying players in Super League.
In his times at Castleford Tigers, Hull KR and Salford Red Devils – which included playing in the 2014 Challenge Cup Final against Leeds Rhinos – he was a terrifying winger.
A huge figure, he had immense power and would often steamroll defenders.
Now though, Carney is taking on a new role at Albury Thunder.
He will take on the role of captain-coach at the club as they confirmed on Instagram today with the following statement:
“First Grade welcome new captain-coach Justin Carney to the club. Justin comes to us with both NRL and Super League experience.
“Reserve Grade welcome back to the club new coach Etu Uaisele. Etu rejoins the club after a successful stint in the Murray Cup. Etu brings plenty of Group 9 experience accompanied with his NRL, Super League and International level expertise.
“Thunder is excited to announce the first ever Captain-Coach of League tag Tash Clemson. Tash has been with the club for a number of seasons. Playing at both club and representative levels Tash brings plenty of experience to the team.
“The club is still in negotiations with coaches for the Under 18’s.
“The club also welcomes Mick Phegan who will continue his journey with the Under 16’s. The boys coming off a prelim final performance in the 2022 season.”
It was this kind of role that allowed former Wakefield Trinity player Jason Demetriou to begin his journey to being South Sydney Rabbitohs Head Coach starting out with Keighley Cougars.
Meanwhile, former Leeds Rhinos and Hull KR man Mitch Garbutt has a similar role in France.