While Cowboys coach Neil Henry has left the door slightly open for the the troubled ex-Rooster, Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin slammed it shut with an emphatic “no thanks” when asked if his club would throw Carney a lifeline.
After Brisbane smashed the Warriors 40-10 in their qualifying final 24 hours later, Griffin was asked if he could confirm reports Brisbane had been in contact with Carney’s agent.
The straight shooting Griffin didn’t hold back, hitting the rumour out of the ball park.
“I can tell you this … I’m in charge of (player) recruitment at our club at the moment and Todd Carney won’t be coming to our club,” Griffin bristled.
Griffin has already decided on his strategy to replace Lockyer in 2012 with Peter Wallace possibly shifting to five-eighth and either Ben Hunt, Corey Norman or another of the club’s young guns given a crack at halfback.
Last year’s Dally M medal winner, whose playing career has been plagued by alcohol-related dramas, is likely to be snubbed by NRL clubs with his best hope of continuing his career being a move to the UK Super League.
Carney had been tipped to link with Catalans Dragons next season until the French club’s coach, Trent Robinson, a former assistant at the Roosters, recently confirmed they could not sign him.
The 25-year-old has so far received the cold shoulder from South Sydney, Wests Tigers, St George Illawarra, Melbourne, Cronulla, Penrith, Newcastle, the Warriors, Parramatta, Canterbury and now Brisbane.