Matthews moved quickly to emphatically deny rumours he had invited the NRL bad-boy to train with the Giants during pre-season.
Greater Western Sydney Giants chief executive David Matthews has laughed off rumours he personally sounded out NRL bad-boy Todd Carney to join the AFL side for pre-season.
The rumours began when a Triple M radio announcer told listeners that a well-placed source had told him Matthews was interested in bringing Carney to the club.
However, Matthews appeared on Triple M on Wednesday morning to emphatically deny the claims.
“Absolute rubbish. Complete rumour. I don’t know where he got it, whether he made it up or what. Absolute rubbish,” Matthews said.
“Probably it stemmed from some discussion around Israel Folau and Karmichael Hunt and the opportunities that were provided by them, but we’ve got absolutely no interest in Todd Carney at all.
“It’s absolutely rubbish.”
Matthews however did not rule out luring players across codes, despite the failure of multi-million dollar man Israel Folau to make an impact – at least in an on-field sense.
With the NRL handing Carney what is effectively a life-ban, it looks Carney may head off to the English Super League to play for French-based club Catalans.