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Naughty Carney may get Canberra lifeline

By Steve Jancetic 20/05/2007 06:29:13 PM Comments (0)

Canberra chairman John McIntyre says Todd Carney may still have a future at the Raiders even if the young five-eighth is found guilty of any offence following an alleged police pursuit in the nation's capital.

Carney is facing a possible jail term after being charged with failing to stop when directed by police, negligent driving and driving while disqualified after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase on Friday evening.

It was alleged that after failing to outrun police in a vehicle belonging to teammate Steve Irwin - who was a passenger - Carney then set off on foot before handing himself into police some hours later.

The 20-year-old will be summonsed to appear in court but McIntyre said it was not cut and dry that the club would release the talented playmaker.

Carney wouldn't be the first player the Raiders have offered a lifeline after signing Dane Tilse and Neville Costigan in recent seasons - both players having had their contracts torn up at previous clubs following off-field indiscretions.

"My view is that we'd be looking at (the situation) - unless the NRL has other ideas - we'd look to continue doing that with Toddy," McIntyre said.

"There'll be certainly no knee-jerk reaction - we'll wait and see what the court decides.

"It's just very disappointing for a number of people who have got no other reaction than to feel let down as a result of it."

Much of the disappointment stems from the fact Carney was still in counselling after being placed on a three-year good behaviour bond and having his licence suspended for five years following an incident at Goulburn last year.

"It was just such disappointment to get that phone call about what had happened," McIntyre said.

"He's been undergoing counselling and it's continuing, that's the sad part about it.

"Obviously we need to look at stepping that up although I don't even know if it's possible to do more than has been done."

Raiders coach Neil Henry, in camp with the Queensland Origin team as an assistant to Mal Meninga, said he too would not be rushing to put a line through Carney's name.

"I'm just hopeful we come to an arrangement where Todd Carney isn't lost to rugby league because he's a wonderful talent," Henry told ABC radio.

"There's no doubt that he's got a few issue there that we need to sort out.

"We'll get through that and hopefully we get through that and he's still a part of our organisation and he's playing footy and he's sorted out his life."

Meanwhile, on the field, Cronulla surged to into third spot on the ladder with a 30-20 win over the Bulldogs in a high-class game at Telstra Stadium.

The Sharks, who have now won their past three matches, only secured victory in the dying moments when Paul Gallen crashed his way over from close range.

Cronulla's winning streak is only bettered by the Wests Tigers who made it five on the trot with a 30-26 win over the New Zealand Warriors in Auckland.

The Tigers are now one of four teams along with the Sharks, North Queensland and Newcastle on 12 competition points, Melbourne still leading the lot on 18 points following a 26-2 win over last placed Sydney Roosters.

Manly will look to join them on 18 points when they host a Brisbane side minus six players in camp with the Queensland Origin side at Brookvale Oval on Monday night.

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