Carney vows to combat booze
SYDNEY Roosters star Todd Carney has vowed to stick to a plan to deal with his alcohol problem after the NRL warned his career will disappear ‘‘ in a puff of smoke’’ if he re-offends.
Carney emerged from a twohour meeting with NRL chief executive David Gallop yesterday having been fined $ 10,000, ordered to undergo counselling and to perform community work with victims of alcohol abuse.
The Dally M Medallist was charged with low-range drink driving on Saturday, the latest in a litany of off-field dramas that previously led to his deregistration by the NRL for 12 months.
In a brief statement to a large media contingent outside NRL h e a d q u a r t e r s , C a r n e y s a i d : ‘‘ Firstly I’d like to thank the NRL for giving me the opportunity to come here this morning.
‘‘ I understand that I’ve done the wrong thing once again and I’ve got a plan in front of me now that I can work through and it’s something that I’ll work hard through to get myself right. Thank you.’’
Gallop said Carney needed to weigh up whether he had a future in the game after he had ‘‘ dodged a bullet’’.
‘‘ He needs to know if he stuffs up again in relation to alcohol in a big way then he’s going to be facing suspensions and he’s po- tentially going to ruin his career,’’ Gallop said. ‘‘ In many respects he’s fortunate that he only made a small mistake because if he makes a really big one, then his career and his contract will be ripped up.
’’ ... That would place him in a position where his whole NRL career is likely to disappear in a puff of smoke.’’
Carney’s turnaround off the field since joining the Roosters at the end of his 2009 exile from the NRL was taken into consideration.
‘‘ This is a stumble along the way in an area that he’s put a lot of hard work into and mainly responded well to,’’ Gallop said.
Carney wil l b e g i n a l c o hol counselling immediately, community work with victims of alcohol abuse and will be required to complete a qualification in personal training by the end of the regular season.
He will also complete a traffic offenders course, while his clubimposed fine will be donated to the flood devastated community of Ipswich in Queensland.
‘‘ Failure of Todd to meet any aspect of the plan will be considered a serious breach of his contract which may lead to its termination,’’ a Roosters statement said.