The Gold Coast Titans hopes of signing Todd Carney appear to be fading, with the star playmaker not meeting the club despite being on the Gold Coast.
Carney has been on the Coast with friends since he returned from a holiday in Thailand on Wednesday, yet club officials last night confirmed there had been no dialogue with the troubled star.
The Gold Coast Bulletin can reveal Carney was spotted at Surfers Paradise nightclub Shooters on Wednesday night, but appeared well behaved.
He was also spotted around the Coast yesterday.
The Titans offered the uncontracted star a “modest” deal to join the club while he was overseas.
But Titans chief executive Michael Searle yesterday said he still hadn’t had any correspondence with Carney or his manager, David Riolo, since the offer was tabled.
Titans heavyweights privately believe Carney is headed to the Cronulla Sharks or South Sydney Rabbitohs.
“Our deal doesn’t match with what is being offered elsewhere, it’s really just an option if he wants a change of lifestyle,” said the source.
Both the Sharks and the Rabbitohs have more room to move in their salary cap for 2012 than the Titans, who are nearly at capacity due to the signings of Jamal Idris, Nate Myles and Luke Douglas.
The fact Carney hasn’t scheduled a meeting with the Titans while he is on the Gold Coast is another driving factor behind the club’s lack of confidence that they’ll get their man.
Upon returning from Thailand, Carney said he would “make a decision next week” on his plans for 2012.
Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan said he was aware Carney was on the Gold Coast, but the Sharks were yet to table him an offer.