RFL conditionally agree to register Todd Carney

The RFL have confirmed that they have conditionally agreed to the registration of Todd Carney as a Catalan Dragons player for next season.

The RFL board of directors met on Monday to consider the application. They had previously interviewed Catalans Dragons officials, the player’s agent and the National Rugby League in Australia, in order to gather relevant evidence.

A statement reads:

“Catalans Dragons have now been informed that the board will accept the registration subject to the club and Todd Carney agreeing to a series of conditions specifically designed to address the player’s behaviour and assist with his rehabilitation.

“The conditions include the placing of a £50,000 bond which will be payable should Todd Carney breach RFL Operational Rules or be convicted of a criminal act.

“The player will also be expected to participate in and complete a player welfare programme recommended by the RFL’s welfare director.

“The bond will be forfeited, and the registration possibly revoked, should the player fail to complete his welfare programme, be found guilty of Misconduct under the Operational Rules (other than on-field misconduct), be found guilty by the relevant authorities in any jurisdiction with a criminal offence and/or be found guilty of any breach of the RFL’s Anti-Doping Regulations.

“Under RFL Operational Rule C1:2:3 (b) the board has the discretionary power to refuse a registration if they reasonably believe that to do so would bring the game into disrepute or adversely affect the integrity of the competition.

“The board can also refuse a registration under Operational Rule C1:2:3(h) if it believes that the player has been deregistered or had a registration refused for disciplinary reasons, or is under a relevant suspension or ban imposed by the RFL or another governing body of any sport in any part of the world.

“The board do not believe that Operational Rule C1:2:3 (h) is applicable in this case as the NRL has not deregistered or refused to register Carney.”

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