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Troubled Carney to remain in party central

By Ian McCullough 20/04/2011 07:13:03 PM Comments (0)

Sydney Roosters chief executive Steve Noyce has confirmed troubled five-eighth Todd Carney will still live in one of Sydney's most popular party suburbs as he battles alcoholism.

The 24-year-old Dally M Medal winner was stood down indefinitely by the club on Tuesday after he embarked on a weekend drinking session with Anthony Watts until 4am.

Watts, who was charged with assaulting his girlfriend at a party in Coogee, was also stood down and is likely to have his contract torn up next week when Roosters chairman Nick Politis returns from Europe.

Carney also lives in Coogee, a beachside haven for backpackers in Sydney's eastern suburbs and home to two of the city's most notorious late-night drinking venues.

Noyce said he was unaware of any plans Carney might have to leave the area, and for now, he would begin his rehabilitation with experts in Sydney.

Noyce also confirmed reports that the club had discussed asking Carney's mother to move up from Goulburn to live with him as he sorts out his problems.

"He is staying at home and until we hear anything contrary to that, from people who are dealing with his condition, he is OK to remain there," Noyce told AAP.

"It is not my level of expertise, but I am sure you don't walk in and go 'boom, boom, boom' and come up with a solution. It will be a slow process.

"If a lot of these things were plain and easy to fix, we wouldn't have groups like AA and Gamblers Anonymous.

"Todd is only 24 years of age and has some issues he needs to tackle and no-one is expecting him to walk straight back in with a quick fix."

Noyce said Carney was in reasonable spirits when he met with him on Wednesday, considering the extensive media coverage of his latest misdemeanour.

"I have spoken to him today and he is OK, but when your picture is all over the back and front pages of the newspapers, for all the wrong reasons no human beings would want that.

"He realised something had to be done by the club and he took the decision in the right manner.

Noyce also confirmed Watts, who was served with a breach notice by the club that will almost certainly lead to his dismissal, would most likely front the club's board in the middle of next week.

"He has five working days to respond to the notice and with the Easter weekend and ANZAC Day, it will more than likely take place next week," he said.

"Anthony and his representatives will meet the board and a suitable punishment will be handed out, it is not for me to speculate what it will be."

Watts was issued with an AVO by police following his arrest last Sunday and will appear before Waverley Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Three Roosters players contacted by AAP declined to discuss the Carney situation.

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