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Carney vows to combat alcohol problem

By David Beniuk 03/03/2011 06:32:08 PM Comments (0)

Sydney Roosters star Todd Carney has vowed to stick to a plan to deal with his alcohol problem after the NRL warned his career will disappear "in a puff of smoke" if he re-offends.

Carney emerged from a two-hour meeting with NRL chief executive David Gallop on Thursday having been fined $10,000, ordered to undergo counselling and to perform community work with victims of alcohol abuse.

The Dally M medallist was charged with low-range drink driving on Saturday, the latest in a litany of off-field dramas that previously led to his deregistration by the NRL for 12 months.

In a brief statement to a large media contingent outside NRL headquarters, Carney said: "Firstly I'd like to thank the NRL for giving me the opportunity to come here this morning.

"I understand that I've done the wrong thing once again and I've got a plan in front of me now that I can work through and it's something that I'll work hard through to get myself right.

"Thank you."

Gallop said Carney needed to weigh up whether he had a future in the game after he had "dodged a bullet".

"He needs to know if he stuffs up again in relation to alcohol in a big way then he's going to be facing suspensions and he's potentially going to ruin his career," Gallop said.

"In many respects he's fortunate that he only made a small mistake because, if he makes a really big one, then his career and his contract will be ripped up.

" ... That would place him in a position where his whole NRL career is likely to disappear in a puff of smoke."

Carney's turnaround off the field since joining the Roosters at the end of his 2009 exile from the NRL was taken into consideration.

"This is a stumble along the way in an area that he's put a lot of hard work into and mainly responded well to," Gallop said.

Carney will begin alcohol counselling immediately, community work with victims of alcohol abuse and will be required to complete a qualification in personal training by the end of the regular season.

He will also complete a traffic offenders course, while his club-imposed fine will be donated to the flood devastated community of Ipswich in Queensland.

"Failure of Todd to meet any aspect of the plan will be considered a serious breach of his contract which may lead to its termination," a Roosters statement said.

Roosters boss Steve Noyce added: "Todd understands that he has made a mistake and has worked in consultation with the club to create a plan that includes his own personal development.

"He is aware of the ramifications of not completing this program and it is now up to him to put these words into action."

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