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Roosters, manager deny Carney sacking

By Ben Horne and David Beniuk 04/09/2011 10:59:28 PM Comments (0)

The Sydney Roosters and Todd Carney's management have both denied a decision has already been made to tear up the troubled NRL star's contract.

A report on Sunday said Carney would be cut loose from the NRL club this week after a year marred by a return to alcohol-related problems.

The Dally M medallist, who appeared to have beaten his demons when he led the Roosters to the 2010 grand final in his first season with the club, has been linked to a move to French Super League club Catalans.

"As we said a couple of weeks ago, the decision will be made at the end of the season and we're playing today (Sunday) so it's certainly not the end of the season," Roosters chief executive Steve Noyce told AAP.

Noyce said a decision would be made in the "next short period of time".

"I've been saying all along with this thing, we need to focus on the team that's playing and then once the season's finished we'll address the matter with Todd and his manager."

Carney's management company Titan posted a denial on Twitter.

"Contrary to reports in The Sun Herald, Todd Carney has not been sacked by the Sydney Roosters," it read.

"Management working on a resolution this week."

It is widely believed the 25-year-old has played his last game for the Roosters.

He has been stood down three times by the club this season for alcohol related issues.

The Roosters downed depleted minor premiers Melbourne 40-8 on Sunday to finish their season with a fourth straight win, but won't feature in the finals beginning next weekend.

Asked about Carney after the match, coach Brian Smith said: "I don't think there's an answer to that at this point.

"As far as I understand Toddy and his manager will be back to chat with the club, Steve Noyce in particular.

"I hope I find out just before you do."

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