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Todd Carney vows to shine in Super League

Press Association logoPress Association 2/03/2017 Ian Laybourn

Former NRL bad boy Todd Carney. © Rex Images Former NRL bad boy Todd Carney. Former NRL bad boy Todd Carney admits he still has plenty to prove as he closes in on a Super League debut for Salford.

The 30-year-old playmaker, who suffered the ignominy of being sacked by three clubs during an eventful NRL career, left Catalans Dragons last September under a cloud with two years left on his contract.

The former Canberra, Sydney Roosters and Cronulla star arrived in England 11 days ago to take up a 12-month contract with the Red Devils after finally securing a work visa.

He is still also involved in a legal claim against the Sharks for wrongful dismissal and hasn't ruled out finishing his career in Super League.

"The first thing we spoke about when I signed was doing a number of years but my focus was to come here and prove that I'm capable of making the team and getting back to the best of my ability as player," Carney said.

"Once I do that, we can then speak about the long term. First and foremost I just want to get out and play some really good football and get back to the top of the tree which I know I can do."

Carney, who lost weight for a boxing match with Chris Sandow in Sydney in December, is still building up his fitness and will not be risked in Saturday's match against Warrington.

"He's getting there," Salford coach Ian Watson said.

"His first week was very rusty and his second week has been a lot better so hopefully he can have a good week next week and we can bring him into the group.

"He's settling in really well and he'll bring a different dimension to us. His kicking game is good, his game management is first class and you don't win a Dally M without being a super player."

Watson admits he addressed Carney's past before completing negotiations and sought the views of his three former Canberra team-mates who are already at the AJ Bell Stadium.

"I spoke with Justin Carney, Junior Sa'u and Michael Dobson about what Todd was like as a person and the impact he'd have on our group," Watson said.

"All of them said he is a great bloke and very professional in what he does on the training field. It's the little bits off the field that have followed him around.

"You can't ignore the history Todd has got and it's something we spoke openly about before we'd even considered signing him. He was up front and honest and was glad we approached it because I don't think people have done that before.

"You're never going to stop someone having a drink - it's how much they drink and who they surround themselves with."

Catalans were forced to deposit a bond with the Rugby Football League to guarantee the player's good behaviour before they could register him two years ago but Carney insists he is happy to fall in line with the culture being nurtured by Watson.

"Ian was pretty vocal about the standards off the field and I assured him that wasn't going to be an issue for me. As you get older, everything changes," Carney said.

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