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Canberra Raiders slam door shut on Todd Carney returning to the NRL club

The infamous image that caused a social media storm. Todd Carney was snapped at a urinal creating a 'fountain'.

The infamous image that caused a social media storm. Todd Carney was snapped at a urinal creating a 'fountain'.

The Canberra Raiders have slammed the door shut on serial bad boy Todd Carney returning to the NRL club, even if he adhered to a strict booze ban.

Carney's NRL career is in limbo after he was  sacked by the Cronulla Sharks earlier this week after a photo of him performing a lewd act in a toilet surfaced on social media.

Raiders veteran Brett White said on Friday that Carney would have to give up alcohol before he would be considered for a return to the Raiders.

Todd Carney playing for the Canberra Raiders in 2008.

Todd Carney playing for the Canberra Raiders in 2008.

However, Raiders chief executive Don Furner said there would be no way Carney would be coming back to the Raiders - even if there was a booze ban in place - after he was sacked in 2008.

"No, we would not consider signing Todd under these or any other conditions despite reports speculating otherwise,'' Furner said.

The 28-year-old Goulburn product was given numerous chances by the Raiders before he eventually had his contract torn up six years ago.

He was consigned to bush football in Queensland in 2009, then won the Dally M Medal with the Sydney Roosters in his comeback season in 2010.

Carney was sacked by the Roosters the following year, joining the Sharks in 2012.

Speaking on Canberra radio station 2CC on Friday morning, White was asked if he would be happy to have Carney at the Raiders next year.

''If he committed to no alcohol, certainly I would,'' White said.

"I think Todd is a nice guy, I just think he's one of those guys that can't drink.

''If he was able to commit to something like that, he'd be fantastic.

''He'd be great to have at the Raiders, but I guess that's up to the NRL and Todd himself.''

The NRL hasn't issued a life ban to Carney, but would be extremely unlikely to register a contract for him given his off-field history.

The NRL's salary cap changes for next year include a ''no dickheads policy'' that allows clubs to sack misbehaving players without being financially penalised for doing so.

White said the Sharks had made the right decision given the damage that Carney's actions had done to the profile of the game.

''It's really disappointing the things that have gone on,'' White said.

''We can't have that sort of stuff go on in rugby league.

''We've got a fight on our hands against soccer, AFL, rugby union, and sport as a whole has a fight on its hands to get kids out from in the front of TV screens, so we really need to have good role models.

''It's just unfortunate, his actions go across to all the kids out there.

''The first thing I worry about as a father with two kids at school is what they hear, what they see and what gets said in the playground because their father is an NRL player.

"I quite like Todd and I think he would have been great down here at the Raiders.

''We certainly need someone who can score us some points at the moment.''

The Raiders are second last on the NRL ladder and have won just four of their 15 games this season.

Meanwhile, the Raiders have predictably missed out on securing any games on free to air television for the final six rounds of the season given their lowly position on the table.

Four of the Raiders' final six games are on a Saturday, including a 3pm kickoff against the St George Illawarra Dragons at Canberra Stadium in round 23.

35 comments so far

  • How many chances does one idiot get?

    Seemingly more than others if you are a good player.

    Commenter
    JCo
    Date and time
    July 04, 2014, 2:15PM
    • Dunno, JCo , Lara Bingle can't play footy - how many ops has she had?
      Geoffrey Edelston - convicted criminal - still a "celebrity", is it?
      That worthless piece of ego, Kyle Sandilands?
      Don't start me on Kim Kradashian, any Real Housewife, Beiber.

      People need a good swift kick in the morality - yet look at the role models, eh?

      Commenter
      Snidery Mark
      Location
      Port Phtevens
      Date and time
      July 04, 2014, 3:35PM
    • Yes, if you are a good player it seems there are endless opportunities no matter what you do. How many boofhead sports people have appeared before the courts, been found guilty but have had no conviction recorded against them. One rule for them and another for the rest of us!

      Commenter
      Catherine
      Date and time
      July 04, 2014, 3:43PM
    • Okay, I admit I am a bit biased as a Raiders tragic. However, let's not forget that Todd is a human and all humans need as may chances as they can get, We even give chances to murderers and other heinous criminals. Todd is certainly a troubled young man and obviously should never drink alcohol, but as a person he deserves a chance to try to make something of himself, even if he fails often on the way. I watched Todd come through the system in Canberra and people who know the person rather than the headline all say he is a nice young man. The things he has done are stupid, no doubt, but he has been the victim himself in most cases. As a Raiders member and supporter since 1986, I would like to see him come "home"to Canberra. Obviously on a very short leash, but every human deserves a chance, no matter how many.

      Commenter
      Brisraider
      Location
      Queensland
      Date and time
      July 04, 2014, 5:27PM
  • Todd is a local Canberra junior from a very strong rugby league town in Goulburn. His family are good solid people especially his uncle Kim, give the guy a chance. OK he has mucked up far too many times but who hasn't done things they are not proud of. After all we are hardly getting the door knocked down waiting for good players to join the club.

    Commenter
    Fitz
    Location
    Dickson
    Date and time
    July 04, 2014, 2:55PM
    • The vast majority of young people.

      Commenter
      blinkered
      Date and time
      July 04, 2014, 3:16PM
    • Are u serious.. Do you know the history of your club? he got offered to stay in canberra if he gave up the gas.. He chose not too and walked out on his club and supporters. The rest as they say is history.

      NRL should de-register him immediately. as u say "OK he has mucked up far too many times"

      Commenter
      reality
      Location
      reality
      Date and time
      July 04, 2014, 3:42PM
  • Brett White can say that...but I wont attend a game if Todd Carney is there. I dont want to be associated with the guy.

    Commenter
    jmg
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    July 04, 2014, 2:55PM
    • Your comment is ridiculous. How could you just going to a game where he is playing be seen as you associating with him?

      Commenter
      Jamie
      Date and time
      July 05, 2014, 10:17PM
  • I dont want to comment on Todd Carney. But there is something in your article that i find bemusing. No free to air for Canberra in the final six rounds! I seem to remember not too long ago, Parramatta heading for the wooden spoon and Channel Nine maintaining to show their games. Seems to be, who you know not how you play!!

    Commenter
    Turtleneck (not a canberra supporter)
    Location
    New England
    Date and time
    July 04, 2014, 3:12PM

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