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Webb ready to tangle with Cowboys

Ian McCullough 01/04/2011 02:49:57 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta prop Carl Webb denies he has anything to prove to former NRL club North Queensland when he makes his Eels debut against the Cowboys on Saturday.

The former Queensland and Test front-rower was widely expected to finish his career in the English Super League having been told he had no future with the Cowboys last year, after the team missed the finals for a third successive season.

However, the Eels stepped in and offered the 31-year-old an NRL lifeline through a two-year deal, which toppled bids by Wigan and Catalans to tempt Webb to Europe.

Webb's departure was part of a big clear-out at the Cowboys with Willie Mason, Luke O'Donnell and Anthony Watts among the big names who left as the club re-structured on and off the field.

But the powerful front-rower said he's only interested in winning two points for the Eels, not trying to show his former coach Neil Henry he made a mistake in letting him go.

"I don't feel I need to prove anything to them, I am looking forward to making my debut for Parramatta," Webb said.

"It will be good to see some old faces again, but I enjoyed my time living up north, there were no dramas, they let me know early I wouldn't be offered a contract so I had plenty of time to find something."

Webb has missed the opening three rounds of the season due to calf and hamstring problems, but insists his fitness is good after a punishing pre-season program that has seen him shed almost nine kilos, and an appearance for NSW Cup side Wentworthville last week.

"I feel like I have had a fairly long pre-season, it would have been great to start the season, but it is better to sit out and be fully fit so I can do myself justice," he said.

"The coach has told me exactly what he expects from me and I am confident I can do a job for the team and cannot wait to get back out there and playing again.

"It is a good game to come back for, but I am not putting myself under any stress or pressure."

The Eels have lost their last two games after a promising start to the season with a win over the Warriors in Auckland, and face a Cowboys side who were very impressive in beating Melbourne on Monday.

"I think we have performed OK, but I am sure the boys want to put in a good performance over the weekend, and I want to come in and do my bit," he said.

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