However, Flanagan, who is preparing his team to face Roosters on Saturday night, said he would have to convince his board first to take a chance on the embattled five-eighth.
The future of Carney won’t be known until he fronts the Roosters board next week to respond to a breach notice for a series of alcohol-related offences but there were indications on Wednesday night he had lost the support of coach Brian Smith and his days were numbered at Bondi Junction.
While most clubs have baulked at the prospect of signing Carney and it was believed his future might lie overseas, Flanagan did not rule out trying to lure him to the Sutherland Shire if he became a free agent.
“I think he would be a great acquisition, but there’s a lot of other stuff to go with it so I’d have to jump a lot of hurdles,” Flanagan said.
“I’d have to go through a lot of levels of administration and board approval and all that sort of stuff.
“I like him as a football player and I know all coaches are the same – they think they can turn a troubled child. But, as I said, I’d broach it with our board if it did come about, and we’d see what happens.”