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Raiders go quiet over Carney's D-Day

By Steve Jancetic And Wayne Heming 04/08/2008 06:34:31 AM Comments (0)

The NRL future of Canberra wild child Todd Carney remains in limbo with the suspended halfback's planned meeting with the Raiders board looking like it will fail to eventuate.

Carney's call to be reinstated to the playing roster was set to be reviewed on Monday after he penned an open letter claiming he hadn't been given the chance to tell his side of the story.

The 22-year-old had been delivered an ultimatum last week, which included a suspension for the rest of season, following an incident at a Canberra pub in which he urinated on a fellow patron.

The Raiders threatened to sack Carney should he not accept the conditions set down by the club, but chief executive Don Furner failed to shed any light on the situation.

"I haven't seen the letter, I haven't got any comment," Furner said.

Coach Neil Henry and skipper Alan Tongue also refused to speak about Carney's future, be it immediate or long-term.

Carney said he would like to continue at the club for the remainder of his four-year deal, but there are certain to be plenty of offers both in Australia and in the English Super League should the deal be torn up.

"I am still committed to the Raiders, however I am appealing the process of these events in the hope that I can be back on the field in the lime green as soon as possible, if the club allows it," Carney wrote in his letter.

His absence was telling as the Raiders dropped out of the NRL top eight on percentages following their 34-6 loss to Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium.

Canberra are now one of four teams - along with Wests Tigers, Gold Coast and the New Zealand Warriors - locked on 22 competition points spread from eighth to 11th on the table.

By Monday night, it will be five-team logjam with Newcastle and Parramatta, both on 20 points, set to meet in a crucial match at EnergyAustralia Stadium.

Those six sides, along with St George Illawarra (sixth, 24 points) and Penrith (seventh, 23 points) now appear to be fighting for three remaining finals berths with the Broncos all but sealing a slice of September action with their resounding win over the Raiders.

After looking like they had blown their chances with last week's loss to Penrith, the Tigers put themselves well and truly back in the hunt courtesy of Sunday's 56-4 annihilation of the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium.

It set up the first of what looms to be a pivotal round of matches in determining the finals make-up with the Tigers travelling to Wollongong to take on the Dragons on Friday night.

"Beating St George isn't necessarily going to assure us of a semi-final and losing won't mean we won't, but at the end of the day if we lose, it just puts us under the pump," Tigers coach Tim Sheens said.

"It's a big game for us and for them."

Competition heavyweights Manly and Melbourne will also meet in a grand final re-match at Brookvale Oval on Friday night, where a Sea Eagles win will almost certainly sew up the minor premiership.

It will be near on a must-win when the Warriors host Brisbane on Saturday, while the Bulldogs-North Queensland clash at Suncorp Stadium could sort out the wooden spoon.

The Raiders and Penrith will fight it out for a top eight spot in Canberra on Sunday, by which stage it could be last chance saloon for the Eels as they take on the Sydney Roosters.

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