Cronulla are confident of ending speculation about Todd Carney’s future by finalising a deal with the NSW No.6 by the end of the week.
Carney, who will on Monday get the scan results of a leg injury sustained in Saturday night’s loss to the Dragons, has told Cronulla he wants to remain at the club that took him in after he was dumped by the Sydney Roosters.
Several clubs, including St George Illawarra, are keen to lure the international playmaker to their club for next season.
Interim Sharks chief executive Bruno Cullen will this week sit down with Carney’s manager David Riolo to finalise a deal with the 26-year-old. ”We’ll move on that this week,” coach Shane Flanagan said. ”Todd doesn’t want to go anywhere, so we’ll just get it done.”
When Carney left the field against the Dragons, there were fears he might have re-injured the Achilles tendon he ruptured in last year’s semi-final loss to Canberra. He has been cleared of that but Flanagan still has some concerns. ”We’ll find out about lunch time on Monday just how bad it is,” Flanagan said.
”We had scans [on Sunday] but we have to wait until the next morning. We’re just guessing at this stage, because we have no idea. They are saying a mid-foot strain at the moment but that can be a number of things. There could be a break there, there could be anything.”
Meanwhile, Sharks skipper Paul Gallen has admitted the players are still waiting for phone calls from ASADA for interviews about the drug scandal that has rocked the club. He said each player now had legal representation, allowing them to take their minds off the investigation and focus on the task confronting the Sharks, which in the short term is a showdown with Parramatta on Saturday night.
”Basically, nothing’s changed from the players’ point of view for the past three or four weeks,” Gallen said on Triple M. ”We’ve all been told we’re going to be interviewed. There’s been rumour and innuendo since round one. But there’s been no player at our club who has been interviewed yet.”
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