Exclusive: Ex-Castleford Tigers, Hull KR and Salford star Justin Carney’s new club in serious trouble

Justin Carney once had the world at his feet.

Dubbed ‘The Tank on the Flank’ – for obvious reasons – Carney became a cult hero on the terraces at Castleford Tigers’ Jungle, only for that to end suddenly in 2014 after an off-field issue cut his time at the West Yorkshire club to an abrupt halt.

Spells at Salford Red Devils and Hull KR followed, but Carney failed to recapture the form he displayed with the Tigers and he returned home in 2018 to take care of his small farm whilst playing bush rugby league now and then.

Carney has since made his return to rugby league to sign for local Australian side, the Trangie Magpies, with club president Luke Phillips previously speaking about how excited he was about the move.

“So Justin is a local boy but he has never played for Trangie before,” he told the Daily Liberal.

“We are going to get his dad to present him with his jersey and hopefully that gets a bit emotional for him.

“Justin has come home to play with Trangie for the first time and it just so happens that it’s his first cousin’s 100th game.”

Following 37 games in the NRL with the Sydney Roosters and Canberra Raiders, Carney moved to the United Kingdom, linking up with Castleford Tigers, Salford Red Devils and Hull KR, before finally returning home in 2018.

From there, the powerful winger linked up with the Nyngan Tigers – another local side in the Group 11 season – but has now made the move back to his hometown.

And, the ‘Tank on the Flank’ as said to be impressing in his new surroundings a source told Serious About Rugby League, channeling that inner beast that made him such a well-loved character at the Jungle for a number of years.

Credit – Trangie Magpies Facebook Group – Carney is back row second from the right

Despite that, the Trangie Magpies have been forced to withdraw from the 2022 Castlereagh League competition due to a lack of playing cover.

In fact, the club may even have to consider a name change or a different competition for 2023 if they want to see the likes of Carney in action again.

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