Former Shark Todd Carney is expected to make his Bears debut next weekend, which may lead to a return to the NRL with the Roosters.
The Bears will defy the wishes of South Sydney and sign Carney, which may threaten to prematurely end their 11-year relationship. Should that happen, the Roosters may immediately link with the Bears.
Carney’s addition to a Roosters-aligned Norths squad opens up the prospect of an NRL return for the 31-year old. The former NSW pivot would like to come back to the league, and the Roosters still have one spot to fill on their roster in their 30-man roster before June 30.
The Roosters could use Carney’s experience despite having a plethora of halves, especially if Luke Keary is called up during the State of Origin period.
Rabbitohs officials were livid over the Carney move, threatening to pull all of their surplus NRL players out of Sunday’s Intrust Super Premiership clash with Blacktown.
Carney is set to make his debut for the club against Wentworthville at Ringrose Park next Sunday. He has started work at the Harbour City’s Speed Agility Academy, run by sprint guru Roger Fabri.
“It was only a fortnight ago that he was playing up at Cairns, so it’s not like he’s been doing nothing,” Fabri told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“He’s not in the greatest of shape, but he will acquit himself better than most people think and there will be a lot of improvement in him.
“It’s been terrific to have him on board, the public response has been overwhelming.
“He’s fitted into my coaching team like he’s been there from day one.”