Sources reveal the Rabbitohs were poised to secure Carney on a one-year deal worth about $150,000.
But Souths officials would not confirm the signing and the Cronulla Sharks were still hopeful of signing last year’s Dally M Medal winner. Rabbitohs chief executive Shane Richardson, currently in Europe, has repeatedly said his club would not sign Carney and maintained Souths had little or no money left under their salary cap.
But social media websites were reporting Carney would be at Redfern.
If correct, Carney would make an ideal halfback replacement for Chris Sandow, who signed a three-year deal with the Parramatta Eels. Carney is currently on the Gold Coast attending a friend’s wedding.
Asked about speculation Carney had signed with Souths, Sharks coach Shane Flanagan said: “I have heard that rumour also.”
“But his manager (David Riolo) hasn’t contacted our club to tell us anything. We will wait and see what happens I guess.”
Sharks officials though remain quietly confident of luring Carney to Toyota Stadium. It is understood Gold Coast have withdrawn their interest in Carney.
Carney returned from holidays in Thailand last week and expects to formally announce his new club early next week.