The St George Illawarra Dragons have dismissed media reports suggesting they are interested in signing 2010 Dally M Medallist Todd Carney.
The Cronulla Sharks are favoured to secure the services of the former Canberra Raiders and Sydney Roosters playmaker, but The Sunday Telegraph has reported the Dragons could make a late play for the troubled star.
But the Dragons released a statement late on Sunday night denying any interest in Carney.
“The Dragons can also confirm they have no interest in signing Todd Carney and have made no formal enquiries about his services despite reports to the contrary,” the statement read.
The Telegraph also reported North Queensland Cowboys are also clouding Carney’s anticipated move to the Sharks.
Whichever club signs Carney, NRL chief executive David Gallop has again re-inforced the need for the 2010 Dally M Medallist to take control of his life off the field.
Cronulla have always been in the box seat to land Carney’s signature, their trump card being captain Paul Gallen, who is managed by David Riolo – the same person who looks after Carney.
For the last month, Carney has told those close to him about the appeal of signing with the Sharks and living in the Shire.
If Cronulla can secure Carney on a two-year deal, coach Shane Flanagan will have managed to assemble a strong roster while still having one arm tied behind his back.