|Full name||Todd Carney|
|Born||2 June 1986|
Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||184 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||90 kg (14 st 2 lb)|
|Position||Five-eighth, Halfback, Fullback|
As of 13 January 2019
He has previously played for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Sydney Roosters and the Canberra Raiders in the National Rugby League (2004 - 2014); and for the Hull Kingston Rovers, Salford Red Devils, and the Catalans Dragons teams in the Super League (2015 - 2018). His main positions were as a fullback, five-eighth or halfback.
Carney played his junior rugby league for the Goulburn Stockmen, before being recruited to the Canberra Raiders' junior academy at the age of just twelve. Playing in the S.G. Ball Cup, Carney's team won the premiership in 2003.
Canberra Raiders (2004-09)
Despite only playing 11 games and scoring a single try. Carney was rewarded with a starting position in the Junior Kangaroos' annual fixture against Papua New Guinea, where he tallied a record 20 points.
2006 was Carney's breakthrough year, where he cemented his position in the first-grade team, scoring 12 tries in 18 games.
Carney won three games in extra-time off 40-metre drop-goals, as Canberra finished in the top 8 of the National Rugby League (NRL) competition ladder. He was again selected in the Junior Kangaroos' squad, where he was appointed as captain.
After an incident on 16 December 2006 in Goulburn, Carney was charged with drink driving and reckless driving. Following legal proceedings in February 2007, Carney was suspended from driving a motor vehicle for five-years.
Taking on the role of five-eighth in 2007, Carney earned three 'Man-of-the-Match' Awards from seven games. However, his selection chances in the NSW Country Origin team were laid to rest due to another driving-related off-field misbehaviour.
Police began to pursue the vehicle after noticing the wheels of the Ute momentarily lost traction as it went around a corner. Despite the police car having its sirens sounding and lights flashing, Carney refused to stop his speeding vehicle and led police on a high-speed chase through the back streets of the Canberra suburb of Bruce.
Police went to Carney's home address, but he was not there instead the police found 23-year-old room-mate, Tom Witcombe, claimed that he had not seen Carney since earlier that afternoon. The next morning, Carney turned himself into the police.
On Tuesday 12 June 2007, Carney appeared at the ACT Magistrates Court. Carney pleaded guilty to the charges of failing to stop when directed by police, negligent driving and driving while disqualified.
The Magistrate warned Carney that if he were to commit another offence he would, "undoubtedly go to jail".
Before the 2008 NRL season, Carney began modelling his game on Johnathan Thurston, in a bid to play representative football. He was also being personally coached by his life and childhood hero, Laurie Daley.
His 2008 pre-season was eventful, as he became the subject of a three-way battle between Canberra, Manly and Penrith. Eventually he re-signed with the Raiders until 2010, with an option for a further two-years.
Though off-field misbehaviour continued to plague Carney's playing career and on 20 July 2008, it was "alleged" that he had urinated on a man in a Canberra nightclub, the man had to undertake counseling to overcome the trauma of the incident.
Carney was suspended from participating in league matches and training while the allegations were investigated. The complaint was withdrawn two-days later, but Carney remained suspended for the round 21 match against the Gold Coast Titans.
The nightclub allegations sparked renewed interest in Carney's 2007 negligent driving charges, when Steve Irwin "claimed" that Carney was intoxicated whilst driving at the time of the 2007 incident. But Irwin had been pressured by the club (Canberra Raiders) to remain quiet, in an attempt to avoid a jail sentence for Carney.
The incident led to the club imposing an ultimatum on Carney which included a five-point plan.
Whereby Carney would have to:
- Stand-down from training and matches for the rest of the season.
- To go on an alcohol ban until the end of 2012.
- Undergo counselling.
- Complete a community service programme.
- To also pay a $20,000 fine.
Carney asked for a variation of the plan where he could avoid points one and two.
Carney attempted to follow ex-Dragon's coach Nathan Brown to the Huddersfield Giants on a one-year deal, but was unable to obtain a Visa in late 2008, due to his previous drink driving offences.
Carney applied to the NRL in an effort to play for an Australian club in the 2009 NRL season, but the NRL stated that, "they would not accept registration of a contract for Todd Carney for that season".
Carney "reportedly" injured a man by setting his pants on fire in an incident on New Year's Eve. The man suffered burns to his buttock, scrotum and upper thighs, after "allegedly" having his pants set alight while on holiday at Airlie Beach in Queensland. The police did not investigate the incident, with the man making no formal complaint. However, this was not a good start to his Sydney Roosters' career, after the club had just handed him a career lifeline by signing him to a three-year deal.
Sydney Roosters (2010-11)
In preparation for his comeback season, Carney bought a punching bag to exercise with.
He played his first game for the club against his old team the Atherton Roosters, in a pre-season trial in Atherton. After playing all of his football at Canberra in the halfback position, he was shifted to fullback by Roosters' coach, Brian Smith. After his début against the South Sydney Rabbitohs in a 36-10 victory, Carney was kept at fullback, only shifting back into the halfback position to cover injuries or representative absentees until round 14 against the Melbourne Storm when he was permanently switched to halfback, displacing captain Braith Anasta to lock.
His switch to the halfback position was very successful, with the Roosters undertaking a five-game winning streak soon after the move. Carney formed an incisive attacking combination with his halfback partner Mitchell Pearce. He was also a facilitator to his outside backs with Anthony Minichiello and Shaun Kenny-Dowall in particular showing increased productivity. In addition, he had taken on the kicking duties for the Roosters scoring over 200 points.
In the regular season Carney finished second on the top-point scorers and goal-kickers lists. He was named as the season's 'Dally M Medallist' for the NRL's best player. Carney also won the Dally M 'Five-Eight of the Year' and the Provan-Summons Medal ('People's Choice') Award.
In December 2010, it was reported that Carney had injured himself, after falling from his balcony while trying to gain entry to the building after locking himself out. He suffered no serious injuries. Carney dated Seven Network television presenter, Liz Cantor. Their relationship didn't last very long and they soon went their separate ways. At the end of his 2011 NRL season, he had played a total of 118 games, 115 at club level and 3 at representative level.
On 26 February 2011, it was reported that Carney would face a low-range drink driving charge. The Sydney Roosters confirmed that they would stand-by him through this indiscretion. Just over a month later, Carney was found to be involved with Anthony Watts, when he was drinking on 16 April 2011. Following the second incident in three-months, NRL management stood Carney down from the Sydney Roosters indefinitely. He was subsequently required to receive treatment for his behavioural issues.
Carney returned to the NRL in a round 10 clash against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Toyota Park. In early August 2011, Carney, together with Nate Myles and Frank-Paul Nuuausala, broke a team agreement to not touch alcohol for two-weeks. All three players were subject to disciplinary hearings. On 8 September 2011, it was announced that the Sydney Roosters would release Carney from the final year of his contract, following a request from Carney's management.
Denied a Visa to gain access into the United Kingdom due to his criminal convictions, Carney's management were reportedly considering a contract with French-based Super League team, the Catalans Dragons.
By mid-October 2011, there was further media speculation that Carney would be signed by the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks or the St. George Illawarra Dragons. On 26 October 2011, it was announced that Carney had accepted a two-year contract with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, estimated to be worth $700,000.
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks (2012-14)
Carney spent the off-season recovering from an achilles tendon tear, but despite an offer from the New Zealand Warriors in January 2013, Carney signed-up with the Sharks for an additional five-years from 2013.
As he was on his last warning for behavioural issues, the NRL's Chief Operating Officer Jim Doyle, said, "I would be surprised if any club would show interest in signing him. Considering his chequered history and even if they did it was 'unlikely' the NRL would agree to register him".
On 18 January 2019, Carney appeared on the NRL podcast titled "Bloke in a bar". Carney was asked by host Denan Kemp about the incident which saw his contract terminated by Cronulla. Carney said that his "Bubbler" act had been performed by another teammate Bryce Gibbs. Carney claimed the "Bubbler" became part of celebrations after each win.
Carney also claimed that former Cronulla boss Steve Noyce was among the club officials to witness Gibbs do the '"Bubbler" and says he did not balk at it before the publicly circulated photo of Carney stole headlines and ultimately led to his exile from the NRL. Carney stated that Noyce only made an issue of the act because of the photograph becoming public.
Catalans Dragons (2015-16)
Salford Red Devils (2017)
Carney played for the Salford Red Devils in 2017's Super League XXII. At the end of 2017, Carney signed a contract to play with Queensland Cup side, the Northern Pride in a bid to revive his career in Australia.
Northern Pride (2018)
On 14 February 2018, Carney played his first game in Australia for nearly 4-years, in a trial-match against the Mackay Cutters.
North Queensland Cowboys (2018)
On 12 April 2018, Carney was reportedly training with the North Queensland Cowboys, although not yet cleared to play by the NRL. On 2 May 2018, Carney left the Cowboys to return to Sydney due to family reasons.
North Sydney Bears (2018)
Northern Pride Chief Executive Officer Greg Dowling, said, "He (Carney) doesn't owe us money, but we want compensation. We paid him an amount to relocate here and we want that refunded. Once they pay we'll clear him. Naturally, we were chasing a number of people and when Todd agreed, we concentrated on him thinking he would be here long-term. I've spoken to his manager and to Greg Florimo, so that's where things are at now".
Northern Pride had demanded the North Sydney Bears to pay the release fee, but they refused to do so, hoping that a deal could be arranged between Carney's management team and the North Queensland side before the transfer window closed.
Hull Kingston Rovers (2018)
Just 24-hours after landing fresh off the plane from his native Australia, Todd participated in his first training session with his new club on 23 July 2018.
On a rain-swept evening at the KCOM Stadium, Todd's contribution to the game was a positive one, coming off the interchange bench and kicking a 40-20.
Carney made a short cameo appearance on his Hull Kingston Rovers bow, considering he had only just arrived at his new club just five-days previous.
Head Coach Tim Sheens took the decision not to throw Carney into the deep end on his début, (due to his lack of game-time over the previous months), to allow him time to adjust and to get himself well adapt to his new surroundings.
Warrington Wolves (2020)
On 26 January Carney agreed to join Warrington Wolves on a 1 year deal.
Todd Carney has previously represented his NSW Country during 2008-2012.
Individual Honours (Career Awards and Accolades)
- 2004 Canberra Raiders' 'Rookie of the Year Award'
- 2010 Dally M Awards: Dally M Medal - 'Player of the Year'
- 2010 Dally M Awards: Provan-Summons Medal - 'People's Choice Award'
- 2010 Dally M Awards: 'Best Five-Eight'
- 2010 Rugby League International Federation: 'International Player of the Year Award'
- 2013 Dally M Awards: 'Best Five-Eight'
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- "Catalans Dragons Equipe Saison 2015". Catalans Dragons site officiel. Catalans Dragons S.A.S.P. 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
- Rugby League Project
- Love Rugby League
- Yesterday's Hero
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- Read, Brent (19 April 2011). "Sydney Roosters stand down Todd Carney, Anthony Watts". The Australian. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
- Honeysett, Stuart (25 April 2011). "Sydney Roosters tell Todd Carney to stay away from Anzac Day match against St George Illawarra". Fox Sports News. Australia. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
- Read, Brent (9 August 2011). "Todd Carney's future rests with booze probe". The Australian. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
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- Ritchie, Dean (13 September 2011). "Cronulla Sharks circling Todd Carney". The Daily Telegraph. Australia. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
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- "'Last chance': Carney signs two-year deal with Cronulla". The Sydney Morning Herald. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
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- "Former NRL bad boy Carney to return to Australia".
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- "Todd Carney stars in Northern Pride cameo". 13 February 2018.
- "Cowboys eye turnaround in form as Todd Carney joins training". 11 April 2018.
- "Todd Carney walkout no drama for North Queensland Cowboys with young gun Jake Clifford ready for NRL". 2 May 2018.
- "Todd Carney officially signs with North Sydney Bears against Rabbitohs' wishes". ABC News. 21 May 2018.
- "Todd Carney's North Sydney Bears lifeline hits snag as Northern Pride demands compensation". 22 May 2018.
- "Carney's Bears stint sunken by star's refusal to pay $15,000 fee". 30 June 2018.
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