More appearances, minutes and points accumulated; his form found himself nominated for a plethora of season awards. But it may very well be his Ireland call up and first cap against Italy in the six nations that tops all the fan and peer plaudits.
The Connacht native and academy product went on to add another two caps from his day out in Rome and added a few end of season awards to top an all-around stellar year. Carty was nominated for no less than 6 awards across his club, players union, and the Guinness PRO14.
Not so much rejuvenated as re-focused, the Guinness PRO14 Dream Team Out Half has excelled under new Connacht coach Andy Friend (Guinness PRO14 Coach of the Year Nominee). And noted addition to his season, three extra tries, notably his effort against Leinster. Nothing like crossing the whitewash to give a player confidence.
Buoyed by his season, Carty will be hoping to add more minutes in the green of Ireland over the summer and who knows, he could be a bolter for the Rugby World Cup. From the season he has just had, it would be very much warranted.
2018/19 Season Honours
Guinness PRO14 – Dream Team Out Half
Connacht – Try of the Season v Leinster Nomination
Connacht – Fans Player of the Year Nomination
Connacht – Players Player of the Year Nomination
Rugby Players Ireland – Players Player of the Year Nomination
Rugby Players Ireland – Supporters Player of the Year Winner