Car­ney vows to com­bat booze

Townsville Bulletin - - Bizfi Nd -

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.

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