Todd Carney cleared to play for Hull KR

James Gordon

Todd Carney is free to make his Hull KR debut against Hull this weekend after securing his release from a contract Down Under.

Carney, 32, arrived in the UK last week but was unable to make his bow against Warrington as former club Northern Pride had not yet released him from his deal there.

They had been holding out for £15,000 in compensation, after he had walked out of a three-year deal with them after just six games – and it prevented him making a move to North Sydney Bears earlier in the campaign.

Pride chairman Tony Williamson said: “We’re happy to announce, after lengthy negotiations, that Todd Carney’s relationship with the Northern Pride has ended.

“He was walking away from a two-and-a-half year agreement, so we took a stance that we deserved some compensation. That has now be delivered. We wish him well at Hull KR.”

Hull KR will be Carney’s third Super League club – he has previously made 50 appearances for Catalans and Salford.

He played for Canberra, Sydney and Cronulla in the NRL, earning a solitary cap for Australia back in 2010.