Salford only club interested in Carney, says Powell

Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell has insisted that Salford were the only club who were interested in winger Justin Carney after breaking his silence on the Australian’s controversial exit from the club.

The Tigers moved Carney on after an infamous off-field incident, sending him to the Red Devils on a season-long loan.

Carney has since agreed a permanent deal with Salford and Powell, speaking publicly for the first time about the transfer, said it was the best thing for everyone involved that they move on.

“Justin has moved on now and that’s life,” he said. We couldn’t have done anything else, and Salford were the only club that were interested in him, it was best for both parties.

“I think it’s really important now that everybody just moves on and we get on with the job of playing Rugby League. We’ll be seeing him in a couple of weeks’ time here at the Jungle and we need to come out on top of that game.

“The most important thing for me now is what we have got in front of us, we’ve got to move on from this.

“Justin has found a new club and it’s the best thing for both parties. At the end of the day he is a good player but there are certain things that you can accept in a Rugby League club and there are certain things that you can’t. I hope our fans understand that there was just no way that we could accept what happened.”