Carney is Cas fans’ choice for player of year

Justin Carney receives the player of the year award from Paul Asquith at Castleford Tigers Supporters Club awards night
Justin Carney receives the player of the year award from Paul Asquith at Castleford Tigers Supporters Club awards night

Australian winger Justin Carney has capped a successful first season in England by winning the Castleford Tigers Supporters’ Club player of the year award.

The powerful running outside back has quickly made himself a fan favourite and finished the campaign as the club’s leading try scorer with 21 despite missing six games through suspension.

He has delighted fans by the way he has thrown himself into the club and has been willing to attend events and interact with the supporters.

CTSC members voted for him as player of the year with Paul Asquith, of Asquith’s Fish and Chips, presenting Justin with his trophy at the CTSC awards night at a packed George V WMC.

At the Powder Keg sponsored event Jordan Tansey won the CTSC committee player of the year after a fine first season with the Tigers.

Ben Reynolds won the under 19s player of the year trophy while a special achievement award was presented by Steve Smith, of Carpet Magic, Kippax, to Kirk Dixon to mark him reaching 1,000 career points during the season.

Head coach Daryl Powell gave his half season report and was disappointed that the Tigers did not make the top eight, but took a lot of positives from the second half of the season. The highlight for Daryl was the Wigan away game and now he was looking forward to the pre-season training.

He said the squad for next season was building nicely with competition for places the key for improvement in the squad.

Chief executive Steve Gill gave a review of the season and head of youth performance Richard Tunningley gave an under 19s season review.

“A full venue, with a fantastic turn out from the players and coaching staff, made the evening a great success,” said CTSC secretary Paul Burns-Williamson.

“On behalf of the CTSC committee I would like to thank the players, Steve Gill, Richard Tunningley, Daryl Powell, Danny Orr, coaching staff, the sponsors, Powder Keg, Asquith’s Fish and Chips, Carpet Magic Kippax, Andy Golding, Mary Clifford, Ken Harrison, also George V staff and Matthew Merrick.

“All the people who attended, bought raffle tickets and took part in the auction, thank you.”