Frayssinous hints at Carney bid

Todd Carney could yet make a return to rugby league with the Catalan Dragons, after coach Laurent Frayssinous hinted that his club are still interested in acquiring the player’s services.

Carney received what amounted to a life ban from the NRL earlier this season, after being photographed drinking his own urine in a nightclub.

He has endured a stormy rugby career which has seen him sacked by Canberra Raiders in 2007, as well as the Sydney Roosters in 2012, for disciplinary matters.

There are also rumours in Australia that Carney may be tempted into Australian Rules Football (AFL), after being sacked by Cronulla Sharks over the most recent incident.

Carney has reportedly sought leave to appeal the decision by Cronulla to sack him from his $3.5 million, five-year contract.

Although speculation linked the player with a move to Super League, it was felt that his pervious brushes with the law may prevent him applying successfully for a UK visa.

That problem may not be as potentially acute for him in France, should he decide to join the Dragons.

Frayssinous is certainly keeping track on the player, whatever transpires over the next few weeks. In 2009, the Dragons signed another controversial figure from Down Under, in the shape of Greg Bird.

“We’ll have a break after Warrington (on Friday) and have a think about it. At the moment we’re just thinking about finishing in the top eight,” said the Catalan coach.

“When the time is right, we’ll see where Todd Carney is – whether he’s still in Australia or if he’s playing union or whatever – and if we have a spot in the squad for him but at the moment there is nothing more to say.”

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