SOUTH Sydney has taken the extraordinary step of sending a public memo to feeder club North Sydney over their pursuit of exiled NRL player Todd Carney.
The Bears are trying to sign 31-year-old Carney, who has returned to Sydney for family reasons after starting the season with Queensland Cup club Northern Pride.
He has already been knocked back by the Newtown Jets — Cronulla’s NSW Cup affiliated side.
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But the Rabbitohs have told the Bears even if Carney does join the club, he will not be considered by the cardinal and myrtle NRL team.
“We’ve spoken to Norths about Todd Carney and it’s our position that we will develop our young halves as opposed to bringing in a player from outside the club in this instance,” Rabbitohs boss Shane Richardson said.
“Players such as Adam Doueihi, Connor Tracey and Dean Hawkins are all excellent young players who we see as future players in the NRL and our efforts will be concentrated on them.
“The Rabbitoh way is to build a culture that rewards young players for hard work, a culture that has respect for the club and its people, respects the members and sponsors that invest financially and emotionally into what we are doing here at South Sydney, and a culture of developing young players that want to play for South Sydney and that we see having a future NRL career.
“We intend to do that with the players we have here at the club and our players, coaches and staff are all on board with this approach.”
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South Sydney’s public statement on Friday morning followed a report by Fairfax Media.
The report claims South Sydney is prepared to cut ties with North Sydney if they go ahead with their pursuit of Carney.
Rabbitohs coach Anthony Seibold said the club’s 30-man roster was already full.
To bring Carney in, the Bunnies would first have to discard a current player, and then try to get a contract registered for the former NRL bad boy.
The NRL was in discussions with Carney about registering a contract with North Queensland before he packed up and moved back to Sydney last month.