He might not be the most vocal of leaders, but Nyngan fans can expect Justin Carney to let his actions do the talking on the field.
That’s the view from someone who seen plenty of the boom Tigers recruit in recent times.
Gareth Westmorland covers all the goings on at Hull Kingston Rovers for the Hull Daily Mail, and has seen plenty of Carney since he linked with the English Super League club last year.
After playing with Castleford and Salford previously in England, Hull KR has been Carney’s last home in what has been a sometimes tumultuous Super League career.
“He stated he has only a close number of friends, doesn't play rugby for the plaudits, he does it for the money,” Westmorland said of Carney, having had a rare and candid interview with the Trangie product just weeks ago.
“What Nyngan are getting is a dedicated player and man, who has been through plenty during his time in England off the field.
“On it, Carney was a machine in nearly every game played. Easily topping the metres-made charts at Hull KR, he was their go-to man to get them out of danger in their own 20 and he'll be sorely missed on the field.”
Carney has always had a reputation as one of the hardest ball-runners in the game.
During his time in the NRL and Super League he has often been dubbed ‘the thing on the wing’ or ‘tank on the flank’.
He’s performed at the highest level for more than a decade, first playing with the Canberra Raiders in 2008, and while injuries have slightly hampered his progress this year, he still made his presence felt at Hull.
“Many thought Carney would come and score 20 plus tries in the top-flight and whilst injuries did restrict his scoring prowess at KR, his metres, as I say, were invaluable,” Westmorland said.
“Without him, Rovers would have been in a world of trouble on numerous occasions.
“He certainly didn't reach the heights of that seen at Castleford Tigers but Carney's experiences on and off the field will be of massive benefit to Nyngan.”
While he’s certain to make an impact on the field, his style of coaching and leadership is largely unknown.
As Westmorland and many others have pointed out over the years, he’s an extremely quiet and private figure.
He’s never been one for the spotlight or plenty of interviews but he will have to be on the front foot when he arrives at Nyngan later this year.
“The beauty of this is that we don't know what Carney is like off the field,” Westmorland said.
“Maybe his quiet nature vanishes and in the dressing room, he's a leading voice. But now with the captain-coach tag, he must develop those skills quickly and find his feet.
“It's an ideal role, going back to his community which he spoke so highly of, and a great starting point to what could be a bright future in years to come.”
Westmorland added few were surprised when Carney announced he would be leaving England this year, but said it is somewhat of a shock he’s walking away from the professional game despite his relatively young age of 30.
“But that's probably hit the nail on the head with Carney - you don't know what he's going to do next, and that translates both on and off the field,” he said.