Senior Penrith Panthers forward Luke Lewis would welcome wayward NRL star Todd Carney “with open arms” if the sacked Sydney Roosters playmaker linked with the Panthers next year.
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.”