Former Salford and Catalans star Todd Carney has left North Queensland Cowboys for a return to Sydney for family reasons.
The 31-year-old left the Red Devils last year and signed a three-year deal with Intrust Super Cup side Northern Pride in the off-season.
And NRL giants North Queensland Cowboys had been in the process of trying to get a contract for the former New South Wales half-back registered with the National Rugby League.
Carney has now left the Cowboys though, who he had been training with, for a return to Sydney for family reasons.
Cowboys general manager Peter Parr revealed that the club are disappointed with Carney’s decision to leave.
He told cowboys.com.au: “Todd rang me and said that because of family reasons he needed to move back towards Sydney to spend more time with his mother and sisters.
“He said he needed to make a decision that wasn’t based on football and move. He didn’t ring up to discuss it. He rang up to tell me that he was going.
“We are disappointed. We have to accept that is what he’s going to do, but we have options and it doesn’t change a lot for us.
“We thought Todd would provide us good depth in a key position but at the moment we’ve got Johnathan and Michael Morgan in the halves, Te Maire Martin playing off the bench and one of the best players in the Intrust Super Cup at the moment in Jake Clifford.”