Spotlight on ..... Lewis Carr

Posted: Saturday 14th April 2018 - 6:04 PM

Castleford Tigers possess a long and famous list of free-scoring wingers from throughout the club’s illustrious history. Indeed, the Mend-A-Hose Jungle has been treated to some of the very best the British game has had to offer over the years.

This week, our U19 spotlight turns to a player aiming to follow in the footsteps of those that have come before, academy try-machine Lewis Carr.

Ross Williams: After a couple of defeats against Warrington and Leeds, it looked like you guys got the season back on track last week against Bradford, how important was that performance?

Lewis Carr: I personally feel that, after losing two games back-to-back, the boys wanted to prove what they could really do and the win against Bradford made the boys realise what we can actually do. The result’s given us a boost of confidence and I feel we can have a great season now and hopefully work hard to get to another Grand Final.

RW: Off the back of that win, what's the feeling amongst the boys? Is the camp confident for the next run of games?

LC: After beating Bradford, we now feel that we are strong enough to face any team and put up a good, strong performance. We just need to keep up the winning form.

RW: On a personal level, it's now 12 tries in four games for you on the right edge, you must be very happy with your current form?

LC: Obviously, if it wasn’t for the boys in the middle then I wouldn’t have scored many. But personally, I am extremely happy as I never expected myself to improve as much and be able to do what I’ve done these past four games.

I feel as though I’ve improved over this pre-season because last year I wasn’t as confident and didn’t believe I had the ability to score tries like I have so far this season. I think the thing that’s developed me the most is that the majority of the third-years were with the first team during pre-season. This meant someone had to lead the group and be confident and I reckon I stepped up well.

RW: Cas have been known for their high-scoring wingers in recent years, is there any that you base your game on?

LC: If I was to pick a player, it would have to be Greg Eden. I feel as though I’m a similar player. I’m calm under high balls, I try to be consistent and I aim to carry the ball hard out of my own half to gain as many metres as possible. Obviously as a winger, my speciality would be finishing tries but it’s just as important having a good togetherness with the boys.

RW: Finally, what is your objective for the rest of the season?

LC: My personal goal for this season would first-and-foremost be to represent my country. I’d love to play for the England Academy. It’s always been a dream of mine to play internationally and hopefully, with some hard work and determination, I could have a chance. I’d also obviously love to extend my contract for a third year with the Castleford Tigers U19 Academy.

The Tigers’ U19s Academy look to make it two consecutive league wins tomorrow as they take on Catalans Dragons at Castleford Panthers ARLFC. Kick-off 12:45. Admission is £3:00 and the team would love your support before the first team take on Catalans Dragons at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle at 3:30pm.

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