Sydney Roosters star Todd Carney has rarely spoken this year but yesterday he broke his silence to dismiss rumours he wanted to leave the club.
Instead of leaving, Carney said he was keen to extend his stay beyond the end of next season.
Starting to find his best form again after a troubled start to the year, Carney admitted he was disappointed with media reports last month that suggested he was unhappy at Bondi Junction. So strongly did he feel about the claims, he immediately contacted chief executive Steve Noyce.
Noyce told Carney to keep his powder dry, but there was no biting his tongue yesterday when asked whether he was still happy at the Roosters.
“Me wanting to leave the Roosters is very false, it is quite stupid,” Carney said.
“I laughed at it when I read it. I know I want to stay at the Roosters and hopefully the Roosters want me to stay here, too. I do want to extend and when that time comes I am sure it will be dealt with and everyone will hear about it.”
Pressed on the reports, Carney said: “I was pretty disappointed that someone would write it. Every player gets things written about them wanting to leave clubs, but I was pretty hurt by it.
“I contacted the club straight away. We left it and it’s gone away. It was just not needed, but it’s good to put it to bed now.
“There have been a few things with the club in the papers, little things about players wanting out. It’s far from the truth.
“I am going to say it for all the players — no one wants out.”