Gallen says the club had no option other than to tear up Carney’s contract.
Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen says that Cronulla was left with no option but to sack disgraced team-mate Todd Carney.
Carney was sacked on Sunday after a photo of the player urinating in his own mouth went viral on social media.
Gallen said that despite his friendship with Carney, he understood the club’s position and that he believed the NRL would have come down hard on him due to his previous indiscretions.
“The decision is out of my hands and it’s a very hard position I’m in, I’ve got a lot of loyalty towards Todd but also a lot of loyalty towards the club,” Gallen said.
“I’m not privileged to all the information about Todd’s contract and about what else has happened in the past, this year and previous years – so from all reports the club was left with little choice and the NRL would have come over the top anyway.
“The most important thing now for someone like me who is a friend of Todd is to make sure his welfare is OK and to make sure he gets on with the rest of his life.
“The world’s going to keep moving on and Todd has to as well. We have to make sure he does that in the right way and gets his life sorted out and Toddy Carney as a person is OK.
“That’s the most important thing to me and the other boys at the club.”