Todd Carney can lift Catalans Dragons form - Brian Noble

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Catalans: The Carney effect

Half-back Todd Carney is capable of inspiring Catalans Dragons to play at their best at the end of the season, says ex-Great Britain boss Brian Noble.

Catalans are sixth in the Super League table after 15 games, with seven wins and a draw, and showed their attacking prowess by thrashing Wigan last week.

Carney was a key figure in the victory, his sixth league appearance this year.

"Every organisation Todd Carney has been in has improved towards the back end of the season," Noble said.

Talking to BBC's Super League Show, 54-year-old Noble continued: "Clearly, looking at the ladder it's all attainable for Catalans if they can show some form.

"If they can stay healthy they absolutely are a threat."

Catalans invested in former Australia international Carney following his release by Cronulla Sharks last season and subsequent ban from the National Rugby League after an off-field incident.

Carney's influence
Catalans Dragons have lost just once with Todd Carney in the side this season. The defeat came at the KC Stadium in March, with Carney forced off before half-time after coach Laurent Frayssinous risked the Australian just two weeks after he fractured a rib.

The French side were swayed toward his signature by past performances at Canberra Raiders and Sydney Roosters, the latter where he won the Dally M Medal as the competition's best and fairest player on the way to helping the club to the NRL Premiership Grand Final in 2010.

The 28-year-old has been hampered by calf and rib injuries since moving to Super League and in his absence the Dragons have suffered.

Their away form has been the biggest stumbling block, with their only win away from home this term coming at bottom club Wakefield.

Meanwhile, they have won seven of their nine games in all competition in Perpignan, with their only defeat at Stade Gilbert Brutus being inflicted on them by Super League leaders Leeds Rhinos.

"Catalans have shown touches and over there they're very strong, they rarely lose," Noble added.

"They've got to travel and win some games away toward the back end."

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