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Gold Coast NRL team signs Carney

30/06/2005 08:35:34 PM Comments (0)

The Gold Coast's player roster boasts two internationals and a Dally M winner after Great Britain winger Brian Carney became the NRL club's third high-profile signing.

Carney will link with NSW and Australian prop Luke Bailey as well as Penrith livewire Preston Campbell on the tourist strip after signing a two-year deal with the Coast.

Carney will now get to test himself against the best wingers in the world after emerging as one of the game's leading finishers in last year's Tri-Nations tournament in England.

The likeable Irishman scored three tries in five games after rebounding from an injury-plagued 2004 English Super League season with Wigan.

Carney will relocate to Australia at the end of 2006 when his current contract with the Warriors expire.

The 28-year-old has formed a devastating wing combination with former North Sydney and Queensland speedster Brett Dallas at Wigan.

Gold Coast managing director Michael Searle said Carney was always high on the priority list despite declaring last week that halfback, five-eighth, fullback and the front row were the key positions to fill.

"He was always going to be a key signing for us because he's a Great Britain international and highly regarded by most in the game as the best winger in the game," Searle said.

"He's certainly been the best performed winger over the last two Tri-Nations series without any doubt.

"The guy genuinely wanted to come here. He wants to challenge himself in the National Rugby League.

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