The LA Giltinis have signed Irish five-eighth Luke Carty to develop a sharp young playmaker who could become a huge bonus for USA Rugby.
Today’s announcement that Carty, 23, has signed for two years continues to crank up the exciting international flavour to the talent pool at Major League Rugby’s progressive new club.
Having a grandmother born in New York also means Carty is US qualified when displaying the skills honed as a former Ireland Under-18s back and Connacht Academy player.
The disruptions to overseas travel created by the COVID-19 pandemic forced Carty to cancel a 2020 playing stint with Sydney club Gordon where he was to link with coach Darren Coleman in Australia.
Coleman kept Carty’s name in the back of his mind and surprised him when recruitment got underway for the LA Giltinis in his new role as head coach.
“My rugby had been in limbo for a few months because of lockdowns when I got this unexpected call…‘How about coming over to LA?,” Carty said.
“It was Darren and I grabbed the chance with two hands.
“Starting from zero to build a new team, control the fate of the club and win new fans is going to be crazy exciting.
“Los Angeles is one of the sports capitals of the world and it’s going to be cool connecting with the community of rugby fans there.”
His USA eligibility has the potential to put the younger brother of Ireland’s 2019 Rugby World Cup five-eighth Jack Carty on the radar of Eagles selectors.
An astute game manager and excellent goalkicker, Carty is looking forward to developing other traits with the help of the Giltinis’ experienced backs and assistant coach Orene Ai’i, a former five-eighth with the Auckland-based Blues.
“I’m really looking forward to playing a different style of heads-up rugby, having a crack and developing other areas of my game at the Giltinis,” Carty said.
“I toured to Massachusetts with the Connacht Academy last year and got my first look at American rugby when we played the New England Free Jacks.
“It was definitely physical, the skill level surprised me and I definitely see that Major League Rugby is on the way up.”
Athlone is home in Ireland where Carty most recently played for the Buccaneers Rugby Football Club.
Off the field, Carty is eager to explore any opportunities in LA that may open up now he has completed a commerce degree and is doing his masters in International Business.
“This is one of those real sliding doors moments in rugby for Luke. His Australian trip got cancelled, I got announced as Giltinis coach and now he’s heading to Los Angeles,” Coleman said.
“Part of the mantra of the Giltinis is that we want to attract and develop players with USA or Canadian eligibility and get them to Test squads.
“Luke has a great kicking game and control on the field and wants to add to other areas of his play as a No.10.”
The Giltinis will kick off their MLR campaign on the weekend of March 20, 2021, with tickets being available by the end of this year.
For more info on the MLR season and how to support the LA Giltinis, head to www.giltinis.com