Carney backed to perform at similar level in 2011

Normally, the consistency from players from one year to the next is not as prevalent, but for the Roosters, they are hoping that Todd Carney can reverse that, and perform well, much like he did in 2010.

“Probably the advantage that we have is that we have so many good players across the park, and even though Todd had a great year, there’s no way that he single-handedly got us to where we got to,” Roosters skipper Braith Anasta said.

“He was inspirational and a big influence on the team and our performance , but I actually think it’s a great opportunity for (Mitchell) Pearce.

“Pearcey’s been waiting for it after playing the bridesmaid a bit last year.

“He was happy to do that but he showed glimpses of class and how special he was but I think if you focus on Toddy too much we’ve got players that can also burn the opposition.”

With Carney set to miss this weeks Foundation Cup clash due to injury, Roosters coach Brian Smith does not believe that Carney will suffer a re-birth of second year syndrome.

Rather, Smith believes that Carney is more than capable of continuing with his good form, and that he will be just as good this year, as he was in 2010.

“Todd sort of went through that phase when he first hit the scene with Canberra five or six years ago,” Smith said.

“I think most of Toddy’s stuff last year was based on what he’s done before – I don’t think there was too many shocks about what he was doing with us.”

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