Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen says he has no idea where the suggestion has come from that he would be prepared to be Todd Carney’s mentor if the wayward star joined the Sharks.
”I’ve been in Bali, so I turned my phone on this morning and I’ve heard I’m his mentor,” Gallen said. ”But I haven’t heard anything about it, and it would be something that I would probably discuss with the club over the next couple of days … I haven’t heard anything.
”But, you know, he’s a great player and I would just like to see him stay in Australia and keep playing rugby league in Australia.”
Carney split with Sydney Roosters last week after being stood down from the club’s last four games of the season following his latest alcohol-related indiscretion.
The Herald reported yesterday that Cronulla chairman Damian Irvine had reacted to speculation the Sharks wanted to sign Carney by saying: ”It’s unbelievable. I’ve had people ring me all day about this, and I’ve told them nothing has happened. We’re not talking to Todd Carney or David Riolo [Carney’s manager]. There’s nothing doing there.”
But if Sharks coach Shane Flanagan and general manager of football Darren Mooney decided they wanted Carney and put a proposal to the board, the idea would be considered as a matter of course. It would come down to whether the club was prepared to sign Carney at the risk he could get into further off-field trouble after finding it at the Roosters and Canberra before that.