Sydney Roosters officials have grown tired of Todd Carney’s lapses and are seriously considering sacking the wayward five-eighth – and crucially, the NRL has refused to rule out deregistering him should the club carry out yesterday’s threats.
Roosters chief executive Steve Noyce was firm in his insistence yesterday that Carney faced the sack for being out drinking along with teammates Nate Myles and Frank-Paul Nuuausala, breaking a team agreement not to consume alcohol with the club still battling to avoid the wooden spoon. The three players apologised to the playing group, many of whom have become frustrated by Carney’s repeated misdemeanours. All three were issued breach notices yesterday and will have five days to prove they should not be sacked.
Ultimately, it is likely one man will make that decision, the club’s powerful chairman, Nick Politis. But he will do so with more than a passing thought to the prospect of his club having to face Carney next year should he show him the door.
With that in mind, he will no doubt take notice of the comments yesterday of NRL chief executive David Gallop, who maintained he would consider not re-registering Carney, which in effect bans him from playing for another club, should the Roosters decide to sack him. No decision would be made, however, until the Roosters sanction Carney.