New York Red Bulls’ David Carney ready for new challenge

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As the third and final piece of the New York Red Bulls’ summer transfer window puzzle, Australian David Carney may bring with him the most amount of intrigue from the bunch.

While Bradley Wright-Phillips was sought for his attacking accumen and Ibrahim Sekagya fills a role reinforcing the backline, Carney is more of a wild card. Having spent nearly a year without garnering in-game action, he made his way to New York on the recommendation of Australian head coach Holger Osiek and teammate Tim Cahill.

Now, he is eager to prove what he can do.

“I’ve played nearly 50 times for Australia so (Osiek) knows what I am all about,” Carney told reporters. “I’ve got to make sure I get playing with the Red Bulls and get back with the Aussie team.”

Signing a one year contract (through 2013) with a mutual two-year option, Carney knows that his long layoff from professional competition means he has little time to show off his ability. While his fitness is there, his match-readiness will be the biggest obstacle to overcome.

“I’ve had a preseason in England,” he reveals, while adding, “Match fitness is different. I am fit as it is, but match fitness is different. It will be one or two games before you see the best of me.”

His arrival almost didn’t happen. New York have been in contact with the left sided midfielder for nearly four months before finally agreeing on a deal. “I was almost going to sign with someone else at the time but I was really interested in coming here,” he said. “When that fell through, I was actually relieved and all. Obviously, they done their research and brought the offer so it took a bit of time to get it over the line and now it’s done. I am happy to get amongst it.”

Describing himself as a left midfielder who can play left back and a little bit on the right, Carney hopes to add some firepower to the wings – an area that has desperately needed a revamp New York’s attack.

“I still haven’t seen many games but I know (New York) lack a bit of width and a bit of crosses and getting at them,” he said. “I am hoping to provide that. Hopefully give Thierry Henry and Timmy a bit of service.”

As for when that may happen, that is anyone’s guess. Head coach Mike Petke has already ruled him out for the Chivas USA encounter.

“I’ve just arrived,” Carney concedes. “I’ve got to get in the rhythm of things and doing a little extra. Looking forward to get amongst it.”