IPSWICH Junior Rugby League clubs are the only winners in the latest off-field scandal involving NRL bad boy Todd Carney.
Sydney Roosters star Carney was fined $10,000 and was warned his NRL career was in jeopardy in the wake of his drink driving charge last weekend.
The $10,000 will go towards flood-affected junior clubs in Ipswich.
“He will be fined $10,000 that will be donated to the club’s junior rugby league partners in the Ipswich community who were devastated in the recent floods,” Roosters CEO Steve Noyce said.
Carney was impressive during his time in Ipswich early last month when the Roosters visited to play the Ipswich Jets in a trial match.
His school visits to the likes of Silkstone State School were well received and he made himself readily available to the region’s rugby league community.
However, Carney added to his long history of alcohol-related misbehaviour when he was charged after returning a low range positive reading to drink driving on Saturday while on a provisional drivers licence.
It was the latest incident in years of unsatisfactory behaviour.
Carney met with NRL chief executive David Gallop yesterday.
Gallop accepted the halfback would be fined by his club and undertake a five-point plan aimed at keeping him in line.
It includes attending counselling, a traffic offenders’ course, work with alcohol support groups and tertiary education.
In a statement, Gallop noted Carney was caught when driving the morning after drinking but made it clear he faced a second period of de-registration if there were any more off-field incidents.
“In this instance there is an advertent rather than deliberate element to his actions last Saturday morning but, nevertheless, Todd placed his safety and the safety of others at risk,” Gallop said.
“The courts will take their own view on that matter, but there’s also no escaping the poor record that Todd must deal with during his time in the game. It is now very much up to Todd to determine whether this is a stumble along the way or a complete loss of direction.”
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