The Gold Coast Titans have made a three-year offer for wayward former Sydney Roosters half Todd Carney, modelled on the Titans’ deal with another troubled NRL star, Greg Bird.
Titans chief executive Michael Searle said yesterday it was a second-tier offer of $60,000 to $70,000, but it gave Carney the chance to play in the NRL again.
“It’s similar to what we did with Birdie (Greg Bird). It’s a three-year deal but there is an option at the end of each 12 months for both parties to sit down and discuss the next year,” Searle said. “If he’s happy and we’re happy, then we go forward together again.”
Bird joined the club in late 2009 after being cleared of reckless wounding charges against his then girlfriend, which led to his sacking from Cronulla. Bird resurrected his career at Gold Coast and was selected in the NSW Country and then NSW Origin teams
Carney is overseas and Searle said he did not expect to hear from the 25-year-old, or his manager, David Riolo, in the short term. The Titans begin pre-season training on November 7.
It is the first firm offer made public for last year’s Dally M winner. The South Sydney Rabbitohs and Cronulla Sharks have also expressed interest with the Sharks still very much in the hunt. Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan said earlier this week he had “a watching brief” on Carney.
The other two Queensland clubs have made it clear they are not interested in Carney.