That leaves Carney with just one option – the Sharks.
Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan will meet with Carney’s manager, David Riolo, either today or tomorrow, when it is understood the Sharks will table a two or possibly three-year deal.
The Sharks will, however, insist Carney agree to a number of strict discipline clauses before signing the former Roosters and Canberra star.
NRL chief executive David Gallop will also interview Carney before registering him for what could be his final chance in the NRL.
Gallop has been frustrated at Carney’s ongoing promises regarding his behaviour. Photos in The Sunday Telegraph of a heavily tattooed Carney holidaying in Thailand, seemingly intoxicated, may not endear him to Sharks fans.
Asked how his club would handle Carney if he signed, Sharks chairman Damian Irvine said: “We would handle Todd exactly the same as the rest of our roster. We have a good, genuine roster.
“They know what is below the line and above the line in terms of behaviour. We have standards and expectations.”
The rumour mill was flying on Friday night that Carney had signed a one-year contract with the Rabbitohs. But it is understood Carney was never in the plans of incoming coach Michael Maguire.
Having learned his trade under strict disciplinarian Craig Bellamy, Maguire never wanted a controversial player like Carney in his Redfern roster.
Souths also have little or no money under their salary cap. The Titans had expressed some interest in Carney but an offer was never lodged.