Todd Carney

Todd Carney has given up hope of joining North Queensland, after heading back home to New South Wales due to a family illness.

NRL 360 host Paul Kent confirmed the news on the show on Tuesday night, after Carney reportedly told his Queensland Cup side Northern Pride he wouldn’t be returning to the club or be available for selection.

Carney was in talks with the NRL and the Cowboys to have a contract registered with the league, but his future is now back up in the air as he heads back to Sydney.

“Todd has been outstanding for us. He’ll be sorely missed by the playing group,” Pride chairman Tony Williamson told the Cairns Post.

“To have an Australian representative at the Pride was unprecedented. But at the end of the day rugby league is just a sport.

“We’re disappointed but we’ve got to think of Todd’s welfare. He’s got to go.

“Football is the last thing on his mind right now. I don’t think the last eight weeks has been easy.

“I think seeing his mum in Sydney last week brought everything home for him.”

Kent reported Carney could return to the NSW Cup and play for Newtown, which is Cronulla’s feeder club.


  1. Wow Newton is gonna have a stacked halves playing group there. Hodkinson, Flanagan, Williams and now Carney.

    • That will bring them under the salary cap! I heard he is more likely to be playing in a 9 jersey for Parra for this season and then he will reunite with the Raiders in 2019 and Blake Austin to the Doggies!

      • Manly said they would not play Hastings again this season, but circumstances forced them to pick him in their 21. Perhaps circumstances also have them making room under their revised salary cap to accommodate Carney. Its the logical choice for both that Carney plays for Manly. He wants to play NRL and Manly need a quality specialist half/five eight. Carney was never getting back into the NRL through the Cowboys window of opportunity. At Manly he can walk straight into first grade.

    • Who’d go to Manly, with the stench emanating from the mess Bobby Fulton ran away from!

      Have to feel for poor Trent Barrett ! Sucked into the vortex of Brookie. Would never happen with my Tiges, we have morals, Bobby has none.

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