NRL: Warriors like look of Carmont

By Steve Deane

George Carmont. Photo / Getty Images
George Carmont. Photo / Getty Images

The Warriors have confirmed their interest in former Wigan and Newcastle Knights centre George Carmont.

The 34-year-old retired at the end of the super league season, but the Warriors are hoping to tempt the Aucklander into playing one more season.

While he wouldn't be a front line player, Carmont would add depth and experience to an outside back division light on both.

"The short answer to that is yes," coach Matt Elliott said when asked if Carmont was on the club's radar.

After 94 games for Wigan over five seasons, Carmont is returning to live in Auckland regardless of whether he joins the Warriors.

He began his NRL career in 2004, making 83 appearances for the Newcastle Knights before joining Wigan in 2007.

Elliott was a factor in that move, having recommended Carmont to his former understudy Brian Noble, the then Wigan coach.

Elliott returned to Australia yesterday to tie up some loose ends and will return to New Zealand late next week for good.

The club confirmed the first move of the Elliott era, with strength and conditioning coach Carl Jennings joining the club after a stint in Super Rugby with the Canterbury Crusaders.

Jennings worked with Elliott at Bradford, Canberra and Penrith. He replaces Craig Walker, who this week joined the Roosters.

"Carl has an outstanding track record in what is such a highly specialised area," Elliott said.

- NZ Herald

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