sport

Dragons keep Carney door open

Catalan Dragons are keeping their options open regarding a move for controversial Australian stand-off Todd Carney.

The 28-year-old former international player of the year was suspended by his NRL club Cronulla following the circulation of a lewd photograph on social media.

Carney, who has also previously been sacked by Canberra and Sydney Roosters for disciplinary issues, has sought leave to appeal the decision of the Sharks to terminate his contract with immediate effect.

Effectively banned from the NRL, Carney's options appear to lie either with a switch of codes or a move to Super League.

He signed for Huddersfield back in 2008 only for the deal to fall through when he was denied a visa but the Dragons are not affected by the same restrictions.

In 2009 the Dragons signed another controversial Australian, Greg Bird, and Frayssinous is adopting a 'wait-and-see' approach regarding Carney.

He said: "We'll have a break after Warrington (on Friday) and have a think about it. At the moment we're just thinking about finishing in the top eight.

"When the time is right, we'll see where Todd Carney is - whether he's still in Australia or if he's playing union or whatever - and if we have a spot in the squad for him but at the moment there is nothing more to say."

Referring to a previous hint over a move for Carney, he added: "I didn't say we were going to contact Todd Carney. I said every coach in Super League would be interested to have such a quality player in their squad."