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NRL Cowboys rule out move for Carney

Ian McCullough 09/09/2011 12:01:32 PM Comments (0)

North Queensland coach Neil Henry has ruled out making a move to sign controversial playmaker Todd Carney.

Carney was released from the final year of his Sydney Roosters contract on Thursday following a series of alcohol-fuelled incidents and was expected to leave the NRL and head to France-based Super League club Catalans.

However, that move looks dead in the water after Catalans coach Trent Robinson confirmed on Thursday night he would not be making a move for the 25-year-old, who he worked with when an assistant to Roosters mentor Brian Smith.

Cowboys' football manager Peter Parr had hinted there may be interest in Carney, who enjoyed a successful stint playing for Atherton in the north Queensland football league, before signing with the Roosters.

However, Henry moved swiftly to dismiss the prospect of the 2010 Dally M medal winner moving to Townsville.

"We all know he can play, and you can think about Todd Carney and Johnathan Thurston in the halves, but we are quite happy with the squad we have got at the moment," Henry said on Friday.

"I don't even think we've got room to move in the cap anyway, all of our players are retained for next year.

"The re-signing of Tariq Sims has been fantastic for the club, Aaron Payne has re-signed so we are pretty settled so I won't even contemplate that until after the season."

Carney, who was sacked by Canberra in 2008, is running out options to play next season, with a move to England also out of the question due to a criminal conviction that prevented him from obtaining a work permit to join Huddersfield in 2009.

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