Carney's Bears stint sunken by star's refusal to pay $15,000

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:29 pm    Post subject: Carney's Bears stint sunken by star's refusal to pay $15,000 Reply with quote

Carney's Bears stint sunken by star's refusal to pay $15,000 fee
By Adrian Proszenko
30 June 2018 — 4:09pm

Todd Carney’s North Sydney stint is over before it began after he refused to pay former club Northern Pride the $15,000 release fee they demanded before the June 30 transfer deadline.

Carney signed a contract with the Bears for the remainder of the 2018 season in May in a bid to return to football in Sydney. Norths defied South Sydney in doing so, jeopardising an 11-year relationship that still has a further season to run of its contract.

Another sticking point was the compensation costs demanded by the Pride, who had signed the controversial playmaker on a three-year deal. The Bears refused to pay the fee and it was hoped a release could be brokered between Carney’s management and the Queensland Cup side before the transfer window closed.

However, the money remains unpaid, effectively blocking the controversial playmaker from continuing his career elsewhere.

Even if a deal was struck at the last moment, the Rabbitohs have made it clear they did not want to be associated with the former Dally M medallist.

“I had that option with the Bears but Souths have blocked that,” Carney said on Saturday. “I’m sure something will come up.”

Carney’s signing with the Pride opened up a potential NRL return via the North Queensland Cowboys. However, when his mother became ill, the 32-year-old moved to Sydney to be closer to her. In all, he was at the Pride for just six rounds.

“A lot of people in North Queensland backed Todd Carney,” said Northern Pride chairman Tony Williamson. “We thought this way his pathway back to the NRL. A lot of people are still scratching their heads saying, ‘what happened?’

“By signing Todd we missed out on signing some very good talent who would have welcomed the chance to play in the ISP (Intrust Super Cup) competition with the Northern Pride in a legitimate pathway to play for the Cowboys.

“For Todd Carney to do that out of Sydney, out of the limelight, it was the perfect scenario. He elected not to choose that but unfortunately he is contractually bound to the Pride. He will be released subject to a small compensation.

“I would like nothing more than to see Todd Carney playing football, but Todd Carney needs to know he can’t just walk away from a contract.”

It’s understood the Bears would consider signing Carney for next season, but the same impediments – Souths’ objection and the Pride release fee – will remain.

The relationship between the Rabbitohs and feeder team North Sydney was already strained and the Carney issue brought things to a head. The parties will almost certainly part company at the end of the season, with the Bears eyeing off Souths’ arch-rivals, the Roosters, as their new partner.

Souths are also considering their options, which include fielding their own feeder team for fringe and upcoming players.

The Pride remains hopeful the impasse can be resolved.

“There’s a welfare issue here in that Todd’s mum is sick,” Williamson said. “Don’t get me wrong, we’re not shying away from that at all. We’re very respectful of that situation. Within a week of him going to Sydney on compassionate grounds, we had clubs in Sydney asking for a release to sign him.

“We just want Todd to do the right thing with the Northern Pride. If he wants a release from that contract – which is still in effect – we will give him that release for just a small compensation.”
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There needs to be some serious questions asked to the Football Club Board in relation the Carney situation.

How can we have the President of the North Sydney Football Club come out and state that Todd Carney will be playing for the Bears against Wentworthville on 27 May, without checking that Carney had been cleared to play. In my opinion, Bears management are absolute amateurs, merely looking for a newspaper headline.

Why didn’t the Football Club just pay the release fee of $15K to allow Carney to play?

Did Bears do any due diligence in relation to Shane Millard before he was named as Bears head coach?

Who at Norths agreed to contract Shane Millard as North Sydney Bears coach, when he was good mates with Anthony Seibold from their time in the UK?

Who actually selects the North Sydney Bears ISP team? It seems clear that Souths actually selects the team through Shane Millard.

Why are the Bears paying Shane Millard's salary, if he is going to act in the best interests of South Sydney?
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