Bell silence over Carmont

George Carmont in action against London Broncos
George Carmont in action against London Broncos

DEAN Bell would not be drawn on speculation the New Zealand Warriors are interested in recruiting George Carmont.

Rumours have surfaced that Carmont could be in the frame for an NRL swansong next season after ending his hugely-successful five-year stay at Wigan.

And Bell’s silence will only fan the flames that the 34-year-old could be on their radar.

The Wigan legend – this week promoted to the role of general manager of football operations – met questions about Carmont with a firm “no comment”.

The Evening Post understands Carmont will hold talks with Bell later this month after flying back to Auckland.

And a role working as an off-field mentor for young players, while also providing cover for the three-quarters, may appeal to the dad-of-five.

He has no work lined-up and Carmont only declined the offer to extend his Wigan stay to be closer to his family in Auckland.

Although he turns 35 next June, Carmont only launched his NRL career at the advanced age of 24 before moving to England.

And his form last season showed no signs of fading – he was named in the Super League Dream Team and was crowned Wigan’s player of the year.

Meanwhile, new Wigan signing Scott Taylor and Jack Hughes have been named in the England Knights team to face Ireland in Belfast tomorrow.