Tigers star Carney: Teams are finding us hard to deal with

Justin Carney: "We should be okay when it comes to the play-offs."
Justin Carney: "We should be okay when it comes to the play-offs."

Aussie winger Justin Carney reckons Castleford Tigers are timing their run just right.

The Tigers lost four of their first five Super League matches but are now challenging for the top-four after winning their last four games.

“It has been a rollercoaster year, but now we’re finding our way a bit now and teams are finding us hard to deal with at the minute,” he said.

“We can’t take our foot off the throttle yet, we’ve got to keep improving every week, but we should be okay when it comes to the play-offs.

“It has taken a bit of time, but Benny Roberts and Junior Moors are hitting their straps now. They are big players in our side and now we’re gelling, it’s good to watch.”

Carney has admitted he expected to have to wait in line to make his Tigers comeback after missing eight games with a dislocated elbow.

He made a try-scoring return against St Helens 15 days ago and is expected to continue in the side when Widnes Vikings visit the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Sunday.

“I’m delighted to be into the side, because they went so well without me,” he added.

“I thought I’d have to sit on the sidelines for a bit, because the boys were going really well and Ashley Gibson and Denny Solomona were doing outstanding jobs on the wings.

“I thought I’d bide my time, but coach Daryl Powell has put me in.

“I was very scratchy, but hopefully I’ll stay in the side now and get back to where I was before.”

Carney reckons he will get better with more game time.

“Just to get that first game out of the way was pretty good,” said Carney, who - because Tigers had no fixture last weekend - has had more than two weeks to continue his recovery following the win over Saints.

“I was confident I would get through it.

“It is early days yet, but it’s strong and I’ve just got to get used to it and play with confidence and I’ll be okay.”