Carney was released from the Bondi club earlier this month after a string of alcohol-related off-field dramas but has stated his desire to stay in the NRL and, if Lewis has his way, he could find a home at the foot of the mountains.
“I would welcome him with open arms. He’s a world class player,” Lewis told reporters on Thursday.
“Obviously, he’s had a few dramas off the field, but he’s a champion player.
“I know the bloke, he’s a great fella off the field and he’s a champion player on the field and I think he’s still got so much more to give to the NRL.
“I’d love to see him in the black colours, to be honest.”
Lewis said it would be a waste of talent if Carney was lost to the NRL and had to continue his career overseas – before calling on Penrith general manager of football Phil Gould to sign the former Dally M medal winner.
“Hopefully, he stays in the NRL. I think it would be a waste of talent if he goes,” Lewis added.
“… You never know what could happen, I suppose. Hopefully, Gus (Gould) gets into his ear, gets him out to Penny and gets the Penrith boys rolling for the 2012 season.”