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Wayward Carney can win back trust: Mini

Russell Jackson 15/08/2011 06:25:47 PM Comments (0)

Inspirational Sydney Roosters fullback Anthony Minichiello believes wayward star Todd Carney can win back the trust of the playing group if he is given another chance.

Carney, Nate Myles and Frank-Paul Nuuausala were all suspended after defying a team drinking ban and the Roosters were given little chance of containing St George Illawarra in their grand final rematch in Wollongong on Sunday.

But they out-muscled the premiers 20-12 to record one of the foundation club's best victories in recent times.

Unfortunately for the Roosters, the drama isn't about to blow over any time soon, with suggestions the trio may not front the club's board until next week to determine their futures.

Minichiello, who was part of a leadership group that opted to stand the players down, believes Carney is capable of winning back the trust of the Roosters squad.

"I think he can. Deep down Toddy's a great bloke," he said on Sky Sports Radio.

"Now it's up to the club and the coaching staff to look after the rest, so whatever they choose to do we'll definitely back them.

"In Canberra he (Carney) got a few chances and he's had a few chances with us as well but away from a couple of problems he is a top bloke and everyone gravitates towards him and that's why it's so hard when he has a little misdemeanour."

Minichiello said the focus was on a big finish to 2011 for the Roosters.

"As a playing group we're not happy with where we are at on the ladder, especially from last year and all the highs we had," he said.

"We want to finish the season off as best we can and jump into the pre-season and change things for next year."

Minichiello said the Roosters did a great job against the Dragons after such a difficult week.

"I think we worked for each other and came away with a great victory," he said.

"We can run off this game now, that's our standard, we have to try and build off that now.

"I think right from the start in the dressing room, everyone was talking and just reiterating what we needed to do in the game and it worked for us."

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