SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17: Todd Carney of the Sharks looks on during the round 10 NRL match between the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and the Wests Tigers at Remondis Stadium on May 17, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

North Queensland are set to bolster their playing squad for 2018, after agreeing to terms with ex-bad boy Todd Carney.

Awaiting an approval from the NRL integrity unit, the Dally M Medalist believes he’s ‘ready’ for another chance in the NRL.

The deal is expected to be announced as soon as this week by Cowboys officials.

Cowboy’s feeder club, North Pride, claimed that Carney had agreed to an offer from the NRL, igniting immense speculation, eventually concluding that Cowboys had signed the 31-year old.

Peter Parr, North Queensland’s operating chief, spoke to

“We have had some discussions with Todd’s manager but at this stage we haven’t lodged any contract with the NRL,” Cowboys football operations chief Peter Parr said.

“It could happen down the track but nothing has been signed or lodged at this stage. Todd is in our feeder system so we are exploring his options.”

“That’s one of the big reasons why I want to come back and play. Not to be remembered for the so-called bubbler,” Carney said.

“I appreciate what I lost and what I had. To get that back would be a dream come true again.

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“For them (NRL bosses) to sit there in front of me and (let me) explain what’s happened in the past four years and where I’m at, I’m pretty sure they would see it’s a different Todd.”

Carney believes that over his four-year break from the NRL, he’s reflected and conceived that he’s a ‘smarter’ and ‘player’ in contrast with his 27-year old self.

“I’m not going to blame it on being young, I was stupid,” he said.

“I think I’ve become a better player, a smarter player. I definitely still believe I can handle the NRL.”


  1. I don’t understand this signing. Where will he play? WIth Thurston and Morgan at 6 & 7 and Martin on the bench. Is he next years 7 ? I think Coote may not be resigned.

  2. I don’t think the Cowboys need him, but it would be a good club for him and it seems they have a good culture. As for him playing NRL again, he really only made a goose of himself, never really hurt anybody else. The game needs players of his calibre. He should be a 300 game player for Canberra by now if he’d grown up a bit quicker.

  3. Carney was just on the evening news saying that he has not been offered a contract by the Cowboys

  4. Carney has had more lives than a cat. But I see the wisdom here – JT is risky with his shoulder and might need some time off to make it through the season – plus the origin will impact their playing group. Carney might be a good filler for a short period – doubtful he would get offered anything past 2018.

  5. I think Carney should hold off for a month before committing to a team like the Cowboys where there is no vacancies to play. Teams will be in the hunt for a quality player of his skill once the first month is up and some teams realize they lack an X factor type player to fit into their squad immediately. Teams that could do with a decent half or 5/8 with Origin and grand final experience are Brisbane, Canterbury, Manly, Gold Coast, and believe it or not Cronulla who is playing a fullback Moylan at 5/8 for the entire season just may need a real 5/8 after 4 or 5 weeks of loses. To me it just seems insane for him to want to play at the Cowboys with all that halves depth in front of him. If he wants to play NRL again, then the Cowboys aren’t the answer. He would be lucky to play 5 games all season with that lot. Just goes to show there is enough talent out their for three more NRL clubs when you go through all the players sitting on the bench and the players who are ranked 18-20 with all the clubs. Super League put this game backwards of 20 years at least. Thank Brisbane for that.

    • Surprising, I would have thought Martin is more than a handy backup. I know Carney is dirt cheap but with everyone always pointing the finger at the the Roosters cap I am surprised the Cowboys are not coping similar talk. With Thurston, Taumalolo, Morgan all earning 1m and Scott, Coote, Cooper, McLean etc on good coin, they have to be pushing things. they have on paper, an on par or better roster than the Roosters.

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