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Carney wants quick decision over report

By Adrian Warren 25/09/2010 04:18:15 PM Comments (0)

Sydney Roosters playmaker Todd Carney is still hopeful of capping his fairytale NRL comeback with a grand final appearance despite a high tackle report against him.

The talented five-eighth faces a nervous wait to see what grading his high tackle charge from a shot on Gold Coast halfback Scott Prince in Friday's preliminary final win over the Titans at Suncorp Stadium will attract.

But despite Prince being hit in the head just before halftime in the 32-6 victory for the Roosters and requiring medical attention, Carney believes a good disciplinary history will ensure he's able to take to the field at ANZ Stadium next weekend.

"It wasn't intentional, I've played for five years now and I've never had a high charge penalty against me, or been on report," Carney told the media at Sydney Airport on Saturday.

"Hopefully it all comes out alright."

Sydney Roosters' coach Brian Smith clearly felt Carney had little to worry about, describing the report on his player as "bordering on pathetic".

Carney was hoping the NRL would deal quickly with his report.

"I would like to have it heard tonight, so I'm not worrying about it and get on with the week," Carney said.

Carney, whose triumphant return to the NRL this year has included winning the Dally M, is looking forward to successive grand final appearances with Roosters sides that include little in common apart from their name.

Excluded from the NRL in 2009 following a string of off-field indiscretions, Carney played for the Atherton Roosters in the Cairns competition last year in which his side lost the grand final to the Brothers club.

Carney acknowledged the huge distance his life had travelled in the space of a year.

"It's a very big turnaround and I fell one short last year, so hopefully we can go one better this year," Carney said.

Carney's career revival apart, the grand final appearance also represents an extraordinary turnaround in the fortunes of the Roosters who finished bottom of the NRL last year.

"It's great, it's what we hope for and what we dreamt for and it's here now, there's a long week ahead of us, but I'm sure we will be right to go again on Sunday," Carney said.

Roosters' halfback Mitchell Pearce said he expected to play in next weekend's season decider despite carrying sternum and leg injuries.

Veteran Roosters' fullback Anthony Minichiello revealed his younger brother Mark, who was on the beaten Titans team had suffered injury in addition to the insult of Friday night's elimination.

"He's pretty disappointed, I think he tore his groin, so he's getting an MRI scan next week to see if he needs an operation," the former world player of the year told AAP at Sydney Airport.

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