Todd Carney

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Todd Carney
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Personal information
Born (1986-06-02) 2 June 1986 (age 32)[1]
Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight 90 kg (14 st 2 lb)[1][2]
Playing information
Position Five-eighth, Halfback, Fullback[1]

Years Team Pld T G FG P
2004–09 Canberra Raiders 71 29 70 6 262
2010–11 Sydney Roosters 44 22 113 2 316
2012–14 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 51 8 106 5 249
2015–16 Catalans Dragons 33 9 4 1 45
2017 Salford Red Devils 17 0 7 0 14
2018– Hull Kingston Rovers 0 0 0 0 0
Total 216 68 300 14 886
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008–12 NSW Country 3 1 4 0 12
2010 Australia 1 0 2 0 4
2012 New South Wales 3 0 7 0 14
As of 21 July 2018
Source: [3][4][5]

Todd Carney (born 2 June 1986) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer, who currently plays for Hull Kingston Rovers in the Super League. His primary playing position is Five-eighth, and he can also play at Halfback, or Fullback.


He was born in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia.

Carney played his junior rugby league for the Goulburn Stockmen, before being recruited to the Canberra Raiders junior academy, at the age of twelve. Playing in the Jersey Flegg Championship, Carney's team were Premier Champions in 2003.

Playing career[edit]

Senior career and representative career[edit]

A former Australian International, and New South Wales State of Origin representative goal-kicking Five-eighth.

He has previously played for the Salford Red Devils, Catalans Dragons, Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Sydney Roosters, and the Canberra Raiders.

Canberra Raiders (2004-2009)[edit]

Carney made his National Rugby League Premiership début during the 2004 NRL season at the age of 17, and after a handful of appearances, he was named the Canberra Raiders' Rookie of the Year.[6]

Canberra Raiders had signed Jason Smith, and Sam Peez, who in 2005, helped shape Carney's game. 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. Alongside Adam Mogg, he was the Raiders' leading try-scorer for 2006, his long-range kicking game also became a feature of his play, recording numerous 40-20's.

Carney won three games in extra time off 40-metre drop-goals as Canberra finished in the top 8 of the NRL competition ladder, he was again selected in the Junior Kangaroos squad, where he was appointed captain.[6]

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.[7]

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.

On 18 May 2007, despite being disqualified from driving, Carney drove a Ute belonging to teammate Steve Irwin.

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 it's sirens sounding and lights flashing, Carney refused to stop his speeding vehicle, leading police on a high-speed chase through the back streets of the Canberra suburb of Bruce.

After turning into a dead-end street, Carney stopped the car and fled the scene on foot, leaving Irwin in the passenger seat. Irwin told police that, “Carney was the driver.” Police went to Carney's home address, but he was not there, instead the police found 23-year-old room-mate Tom Witcombe, who claimed he had not seen Carney since earlier that afternoon. The next morning, Carney turned himself into police.

On Tuesday 12 June 2007, Carney appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court, pleading guilty to the charges of failing to stop when directed by police, negligent driving, and driving while disqualified.[8]

He was spared jail, but the Court placed Carney on a 12-month good behaviour order, and banned him from driving until 2012, and sentenced him to 200 hours of community service.[9][7][10]

The Magistrate warned Carney that if he were to commit another offence he would “undoubtedly go to jail.”[8]

Controversially, the Canberra Raiders club sacked Steve Irwin (who was not charged with any offences over the incident), but retained Carney.[11]

Carney was the Raiders' top try-scorer for the 2007 season.[6]

Before the 2008 season, Carney began modelling his game on Johnathan Thurston in a bid to play representative football, and he was being personally coached by his life and childhood hero, Laurie Daley.[12]

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.[13]

Though off-field misbehaviour continued to plague Carney's playing career, and on 20 July 2008, it was “alleged” he urinated on a man in a Canberra nightclub, the man had to undertake counseling to overcome the trauma of the incident.[14]

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.[15]

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.[16]

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, and to pay a $20,000 fine, the NRL threatened to de-register his contract for two-years, if Carney did not accept this plan in order to protect the Raiders from losing him to another club.[17]

Carney asked for a variation of the plan where he could avoid points one, and two, this was unacceptable to the clubs board. On 7 August 2008, the Canberra club sacked Carney, and terminated his $400,000 a season contract. Carney was de-registered by the NRL, and he would not be eligible to compete in the competition until 2010.[18][19]

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.[20][21]

Carney applied to the NRL in an effort to play for an Australian club in the 2009 season, but the NRL stated that “they would not accept registration of a contract for Todd Carney for that season.”[21]

In February 2009, Carney went on a vandalism spree in Goulburn, jumping on a car bonnet, and damaging the entrance to a Fone Zone store.

He received a 12-month suspended jail sentence, and was ordered to undertake alcohol counselling.[22]

In March 2009, the Canberra Raiders agreed to release Carney to play for the Atherton Roosters in the Cairns competition, in Far North Queensland.[23]

Carney was assaulted by four men in Atherton on 10 May 2009, with one of those men former Cowboys, Broncos, and current (at the time of the incident) London Broncos player, Nick Slyney.[24]

Carney “reportedly” injured a man by setting his pants on fire in an incident on New Year's Eve. A 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 (2010-2011)[edit]

After his season-long ban from the NRL expired, Carney joined the Sydney Roosters for the 2010 NRL season.

In preparation for his comeback season, Carney bought a punching bag to exercise with.[25]

He played his first game for the club against his old team the Atherton Roosters, in a pre-season trial in Atherton.[26]

After playing all of his football at Canberra in the halves, 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 into the halves to cover injuries or representative absentees, until round 14 against the Melbourne Storm, when he was permanently switched to Five-eighth, displacing captain Braith Anasta to Lock.[27]

His switch to the halves was very successful, with the Roosters undertaking a five-game winning streak soon after the move.

Carney formed an incisive attacking combination with his halves partner Mitchell Pearce, and 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.[28]

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.[29]

Carney also won the 'Five-Eight of the Year,' and the 'Provan-Summons Medal (People's Choice) Award.'

He also received the Rugby League International Federation's 'International Player of the Year Award' for 2010.[30]

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.[31]

Carney dated Seven Network television presenter Liz Cantor, their relationship didn't last very long, and they soon went their separate ways.[32]

At the end of his 2011 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 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 Sharks, at Toyota Park.[33][34]

However, in early August 2011, Carney together with Nate Myles, and Frank-Paul Nuuausala, broke a team agreement to not touch alcohol for two-weeks, and all three players were subject to disciplinary hearings.[35]

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.[36][37]

Carney at the 2012 Dally M Awards

Denied a Visa to gain access into the UK due to his criminal conviction's, Carney's management was “reportedly” considering a contract with the French-based Super League team, the Catalans Dragons.[38][39]

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.[40][41][42]

On 26 October 2011, it was announced that Carney had accepted a two-year contract with the Cronulla Sharks, estimated to be worth $700,000.[43][44]

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks (2012-2014)[edit]

Carney's first year at Cronulla was very good as he helped the side into the finals, however they were defeated by the Raiders in the Qualifying Finals.

He was also selected to represent New South Wales in the annual State of Origin series, in the Five-eighth position.

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.[45]

On 29 June 2014, Carney was sacked by the Sharks, due to a photograph leaked on social media, in which he appears to urinate into his own mouth.[46][47]

As he was on his last warning for behavioural issues, the NRL's Chief Operating Officer, Jim Doyle, said he “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.”[48]

Catalans Dragons (2015-2016)[edit]

At the end of 2014, Carney moved to France, after signing with Super League club the Catalans Dragons. To play for them in the 2015 rugby league season.[49]

In just his second game for the Dragons, Carney suffered broken ribs during a tackle by former Roosters teammate, Lama Tasi, the game ended in a 40-40 draw.

Carney playing for Catalans Dragons in 2015

Salford Red Devils (2017)[edit]

Carney played for the Salford Red Devils in the 2017 season.

At the end of 2017, Carney signed a contract to play with Queensland Cup side Northern Pride, in a bid to reignite his career in Australia.[50]

Northern Pride (2018)[edit]

On 14 February 2018, Carney played his first game in Australia for nearly 4-years, in a trial-match against the Mackay Cutters.

On 2 March 2018, Carney's bid to return to the NRL suffered a setback, as Manly announced they would not be signing him for the 2018 NRL season.[51][52]

North Queensland Cowboys (2018)[edit]

On 12 April 2018, Carney was “reportedly” training with North Queensland Cowboys, although not yet cleared to play by the NRL, however, by 2 May 2018 Carney had left the Cowboys, to return to Sydney due to family reasons. [53][54]

North Sydney Bears (2018)[edit]

On 21 May 2018, Carney signed a deal to join Intrust Super Premiership, New South Wales side, the North Sydney Bears.[55]

On 22 May 2018, Carney's former side the Northern Pride, were demanding $150,000 in compensation for relocation costs.

Northern Pride CEO, Greg Dowling, said “He 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.”[56]

On 1 July 2018, Carney's move to North Sydney Bears was blocked, after Carney refused to pay Northern Pride a $15,000 release fee.

Northern Pride had demanded that 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.[57]

Hull Kingston Rovers (2018 - present)[edit]

It was revealed on 7 July 2018, that Carney had signed a short-term contract at Hull Kingston Rovers, to play for them until the end of the 2018 season.[58]


Individual Honours (Career Awards and Accolades)[edit]


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