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Come with a plan, Gallop tells Carney

David Beniuk 02/03/2011 08:56:04 PM Comments (0)

NRL boss David Gallop expects Sydney Roosters star Todd Carney to arrive with a plan for beating his alcohol problem when they meet on Thursday.

Gallop, Carney, his manager David Riolo and Roosters chief executive Steve Noyce are expected to sit down to nut out what the Dally M medallist's immediate future in the game looks like.

Serial off-field offender Carney was charged on Saturday with drink driving and was relieved of duties at Wednesday's NRL season launch in Sydney's west.

The NRL's policy on off-field misdemeanours is to allow clubs to deal with them first, stepping in only when their action is deemed insufficient.

"I'd expect that (the Roosters have) been talking to him and talking to some professional people," Gallop told reporters on Wednesday.

"By his own admissions there are some issues there that he wants to deal with and the club wants to deal with and we want to certainly see them dealt with, so I expect they'll have a management plan for that tomorrow."

Gallop is impressed by Carney's expressions of regret for his actions following the five-eighth's early Saturday morning arrest, reportedly following a night at teammate Daniel Conn's home.

"I think his contrition is pretty obvious and it's just a matter of him now coming to some decisions within himself that make sure he stays on track," Gallop said.

A rap over the knuckles and a serious counselling program appear the most likely outcomes and Noyce is hoping there will be a positive for Carney.

"Maybe there's a blessing amongst it all that says 'you've got a chance, mate, to wake up to yourself'," Noyce told AAP.

"I think it's a good opportunity for Todd and our game where the CEO takes a genuine interest in seeing what this young man's about and that Todd gets the opportunity to show David that he's very remorseful and extremely disappointed, but has created a plan of how to move forward.

"If we can achieve all that we'll be OK."

Carney features in the new NRL television commercial, shown whipping up Roosters fans' celebrations during a match.

"The way he's expressed in the ad is the Todd Carney that I know and see all the time - fun-loving, enjoyable, engaging," Noyce said.

"Sadly he gets himself into the press for some other reasons and obviously we need to work through that with him so that the good, positive kid that you see on the ad today will be the one people are going to see for the rest of his career."

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