Todd Carney could be a Sea Eagle next season.
Manly coach Trent Barrett has confirmed interest in the 31-year old, touting him as a potential replacement for Blake Green.
Manly haven’t contacted Carney as yet, however, they won’t refuse to rule out making a play for the rugby league bad boy.
Another development that Manly must consider is the fact that Carney hasn’t yet been registered by the NRL.
The 2010 Dally M winner signed with Cairns-based Intrust Super Cup club, Northern Pride, two months ago.
A valiant Carney is committed to manoeuvring an NRL comeback, so much that he rejected a $1.2m, three-year offer from English club Hull Kingston Rovers.
New recruit Lachlan Croker has put his hand up as a possible halves candidate after arriving last Monday, however, whispers out of Manly suggest that he isn’t yet ready for a starting spot.
With over $800,000 free under the salary cap, Manly are considering their options.
Trent Barrett confirmed interest in Carney.
“We haven’t talked to him at all — but we will keep our eye on him. There are things going on everywhere,” Barrett said.
“I am certainly aware that Todd is there but where he sits with the NRL, I’m not too sure.
“There are a fair few players being thrown at us at the moment. We have a number of options but we’re not in a hurry because we need to get the right fit.
“No one has their full squads back until after Christmas anyway. Lachlan Croker is going really well at the minute with Cherry. I have two very good young halves here in Croker and Jackson Hastings.”
Trent Hodkinson and Brock Lamb have both been linked to Manly, with their future halves puzzle still unsolved.
Given the halves transfer merry-go-round this season, very few clubs have settled their spines for the upcoming season.