Todd Carney
Two-year deal

Penrith Panthers rugby league general manager Phil Gould has ruled out a move for last year’s Dally M medallist Todd Carney.

Carney was sacked last week by the Sydney Roosters for several indiscretions and rumours surfaced the Panthers were interested in his services.

Gould denied the interest and said he was happy with the players he had at the foot of the mountains. “Todd Carney won’t be coming to Penrith,” Gould told the Press yesterday.

“For two reasons: we have Luke Walsh and Travis Burns as our halves, and the second reason is we haven’t got money under the salary cap even if we needed a player of that calibre.

“Quite simply it’s not even a consideration of the moment.”

Gould also said he was not sure if there would be further signings for Penrith after securing Clint Newton, Chris Armit and Cameron Ciraldo recently.

“There’s a bit of a misconception that there was extra cash left in the salary cap (due to Petero Civoniceva and Trent Waterhouse departing),” Gould said.

” A lot of it was taken up by players who had upgrades and had been looked to be upgraded.

“The salary cap is in fact fairly tight and we are pretty much locked into this group of players for the next two years.

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“From then we hope that a lot of our recruitment and development at the younger levels will kick in.

“As I said all along from the day I got here this club needs three years of really good and strong junior development to get us back to where we should be. It’s a long process and won’t happen overnight.”

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