Webb hopes to have last laugh on Cowboys
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 has been named on the bench to f a c e t h e C o w b o y s a t 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.
‘‘ 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 coach Neil 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,’’ Webb said.
‘‘ 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
‘‘ 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.’’