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Roosters still pondering bad boy Carney

By Ed Jackson 16/07/2009 07:44:57 PM Comments (0)

Sydney Roosters chief executive Steve Noyce says the NRL's decision to make clubs more responsible for their players' behaviour won't stop a possible move for bad boy Todd Carney.

At Wednesday's CEOs' meeting on the Gold Coast the NRL announced clubs signing players with a history of bad behaviour would face heavy sanctions if that player misbehaved again.

Carney would fit the bill perfectly having been sacked by Canberra last July after a string of alcohol-related issues and subsequently banned from playing in the NRL this season.

With the Roosters dogged by several off-field incidents this year, including Nate Myles' drunken defecation in a hotel corridor on the NSW central coast, a move for former Raider Carney appears an unwise choice.

But Noyce said the half deserved another chance and shouldn't be excluded as an option because of the new responsibilities on clubs.

"I don't think it's about Todd, it's about any player that has had issues at the club or any club," Noyce told AAP.

"We need to be mindful that when we bring them to the club there will be added responsibilities on the club in terms of their off-field behaviour.

"We support that, but we're not going to get into what that may or may not do to Todd Carney because that's just speculation. The club doesn't have a contract with Todd Carney at the moment.

"I guess it's certainly put all the clubs on notice that whoever we might consider to sign there are accountabilities and responsibilities for the club so that's good."

While Noyce said Carney was yet to sign a contract with the Roosters, he was still being closely watched by the club during his stint with North Queensland team Atherton.

And despite the Roosters off-field woes this year, Noyce said he was 100 per cent behind a move to place a greater responsibility on clubs regarding player behaviour.

"Player behaviour is something that is important to our game, something that we need to work on to improve," he said.

"Obviously at the Roosters we've had some blemishes in the last couple of weeks so as a club we certainly support a stronger stance and the onus being on the club.

"I think it's unfair to single out Todd Carney or anyone really and at this stage ... there's no guidelines about it, it's more a statement of responsibility for the clubs and we're happy to support all that."

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