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Roosters no soft touch, says Noyce

David Beniuk 28/02/2011 07:29:06 PM Comments (0)

Sydney Roosters boss Steve Noyce is adamant the NRL club is not soft on off-field offenders, with star five-eighth Todd Carney preparing to learn the cost of his latest alcohol-fuelled misdemeanour.

Noyce met with Carney on Monday before bunkering down with coach Brian Smith to consider what sanctions, if any, will be handed out to Carney who was charged with drink driving on Saturday morning.

The P-plater recorded a blood alcohol level of 0.052 and Noyce said Carney's welfare and a "bigger and better future" for him were the club's priorities.

An announcement from the Roosters is expected on Tuesday morning.

The club has endured a litany of off-field problems in recent years, rehabilitating the likes of Jake Friend, Nate Myles and Anthony Cherrington.

They signed Carney after he was deregistered by the league for 12 months with a long rap sheet of off-field dramas.

Asked if the club, which also offloaded controversial forward Willie Mason before last season, was soft on offenders, Noyce told reporters: "No, definitely not."

The NRL policy on off-field issues is to allow clubs to discipline players, stepping in where they don't believe the punishment is sufficient.

Friend's contract was torn up after a string of misdemeanours before the club reinstated him last year following counselling.

Carney's case appears similar, apart from the Dally M medallist's indispensable role on the field, but Noyce said each would be treated separately.

"Jake's was a completely different set of circumstances," the CEO said.

"We'll treat this one on its own merits."

But Noyce made it clear Carney's off-field turnaround at the Roosters before the weekend's slip-up will be taken into account.

Noyce has already ruled out sacking him and said the fact Carney had barely put a foot wrong since linking with the Roosters would be taken into consideration.

"I think he's earnt the right," Noyce told reporters as the club launched ticket sales for this year's Anzac Day clash with newly crowned World Club Champions St George Illawarra.

"We can only talk about his career at the Roosters which spans about 17 months.

"He's done all the right things."

Noyce said Carney had recently raised $1,000 from team-mates to buy books for a flood-ravaged school library in the Queensland town of Ipswich.

"When he makes poor decisions alcohol is there and that's a consistent feature over the last couple of years for him," Noyce said.

"I can't change what happened at Canberra (where he was sacked), unfortunately I can't change what happened on the weekend.

"What we can do is work with him to build a bigger and better future for him."

Veteran fullback Anthony Minichiello said the players were backing Carney and wouldn't be letting the incident derail their season.

"It's hard for me to comment on all of that sort of stuff when we're advised not to," he added.

"They're working through the issue and we'll leave it in the club's hands."

Carney is expected to be unavailable for the opening rounds of the NRL season with a groin injury.

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