Former Newcastle favourite Joel Griffiths says this will be a massive season for David Carney – but implored the in-form Jets winger to sort his hair out before Saturday's blockbuster with Sydney FC.
“This is a massive year for Dave,” former Socceroo Griffiths told Fox Sports News.
“He’s had a pretty tough time of late. He’s a player I’ve a lot of respect for. I’m friends with him off the field.
“He lost his Dad in the pre-season but seeing him score that goal [against Wellington in Round 1], I was so happy for him.”
Carney was one of the stars of the Jets at Westpac last Sunday, scoring the opener with his head and setting up the winner for Milos Trifunovic to help get Season 11 off to the perfect start for Scott Miller's men.
“I wrote Dave a message after the game to say, ‘well done’ but pretty much said, ‘what’s going on with your hair!?
“And he actually said he should’ve cut it before the game. One hundred percent he’ll get a haircut this week."
Carney responded on Wednesday to his mate’s friendly jibe at the club's corporate season launch.
The former Blackpool winger promised www.a-league.com.au a visit to the barbers will happen before the Jets play Sydney FC in the NSW derby at Hunter Stadium this Saturday.
“Yeah, I seen Joel on Fox. He’s right actually," conceded Carney.
"I should’ve cut my hair but it was very windy over there [in Wellington] and it killed me.
“I said to Joel before the game, I should’ve cut my barnet … I have to cut it now because I’m getting bald!”
Carney faces his old club Sydney FC on Saturday in front of an expected 10,000 plus crowd at Hunter Stadium.
The former Socceroo won a championship with the Sky Blues at Moore Park in Season 1 and would love nothing more than to score against his old club and make it a perfect two from two for Newcastle.
“Last year Sydney did well away from home and 'Arnie' is tactically very clever. So it’ll be a very difficult game.
"Hopefully they can attack us and leave some space for us in behind," he said.