Webb relishing Cowboys encounter - Sports News - Fanatics - the world's biggest events

Webb relishing Cowboys encounter

Ian McCullough 30/03/2011 06:05:15 PM Comments (0)

Carl Webb admits he's counting down the days until he makes his Parramatta debut against former club North Queensland on Saturday.

The former Queensland prop sat out the opening three rounds of the NRL season due to calf and hamstring problems, but is named on the bench to face the Cowboys at Parramatta Stadium.

The 31-year-old played for NSW Cup side Wentworthville last week and produced a strong performance in a 30-18 win over Windsor.

Now he's desperate to get stuck into Neil Henry's side.

"It was quite fortunate, I had a game for Wenty last week, and I got a bit of match fitness up, and now I am ready to go," Webb said.

"I'm actually really excited, it is a great game to come back to and it's definitely a game you don't have to get yourself up for."

Despite being shown the door by the Cowboys at the end of last season, Webb has no hard feelings about the club or Henry but admits it won't be just another game.

"We had no dramas, I really enjoyed my time living up north, but I got an opportunity down here.

"It is a fresh start for me here, I am grateful for the opportunity but I obviously have to prove myself to the fans and the team like any new player at a club does and that starts on Saturday.

"I was told early by North Queensland that I wasn't going to be offered a contract this year and I was on the market.

"I was keeping my options open and nearly went over to Super League, but Parra gave me a chance to stay in the NRL for two more years and I am honest enough to realise they have given me a lifeline and I just have to take advantage of it."

Wentworthville coach Brett Cook was impressed with Webb's fitness and said he was easily still good enough to play in the NRL.

"He got through about 50 minutes even though he hadn't played for a while and it was pretty much all quality," Cook told AAP.

"His first stint on the field from the start of the game was for about 26 minutes which is longer than we expected and he deliberately pushed himself through it.

"I think with his experience and having that run under his belt he will go well for the Eels."

Brought to you by AAP AAP © 2021 AAP

0 Comments about this article

Post a comment about this article

Please sign in to leave a comment.
Becoming a member is free and easy, sign up here.

« All sports news