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Todd Carney desperate for NRL return

AAP logoAAP 8/12/2016 Adrian Warren

Todd Carney is willing to accept any conditions in order to have one last crack in the NRL.

Carney, who fights another former NRL star Chris Sandow in a charity boxing match at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion on Friday, is in dispute with Cronulla,

He sued the Sharks for wrongful dismissal after he was sacked in 2014 for postng a lewd photograph on social media.

Carney went on to play in France but hankers for a return to the NRL.

Sandow's league career is also in limbo after he recently walked out on English club Warrington for family reasons.

Carney was hopeful of an imminent resolution to his dispute with the Sharks and said he would decide over Christmas if he would continue playing rugby league.

"If the NRL turns around and says I have to do 'X,Y, Z, I'm happy to accept whatever they want me to do to pull on another NRL jumper and give it that one last crack," Carney said on Thursday.

"If a club is willing to sign me and put regulations or whatever the NRL wants to put forward, I'll put my hand up and say 'yes.' And if it's a strict policy I'm fine with that."

Both Carney and Sandow will contest a boxing bout for the first time.

Carney said he would only look at boxing again for another charity bout.

However, Sandow would consider making a career of boxing if another rugby league opportunity didn't eventuate.

"I'm enjoying boxing and that's another option," Sandow said.

He made it clear he disagreed with Warrington coach Tony Smith's assertion he was unreliable.

"No, I've done my job, everyone could see I was putting in, I love to win,"' Sandow said.

He didn't anticipate any prospective rugby league suitor would be scared off by Smith's comment.

Carney couldn't recall throwing a punch in a rugby league game while Sandow remembered throwing two or three at Michael Ennis.

"Gordon Tallis used to tell me 'get the first three or four in and you've got to make it your best ones because all the boys will come running in and break it up,'" Sandow said.

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