After speculation galore over the last 6-12 months, the dust has been settled and Cronulla Sharks fans can breathe easy, with Todd Carney re-signing with the club for a further 5 years.
With the New Zealand Warriors and Penrith Panther both heavily in the hunt for the representative five-eighth at one stage, in light of the ongoing ASADA investigation, the news of Carney re-signing is a boost for diehard Sharks fans.
“I think he’s very happy in his environment, the people he’s playing with,” Carney’s manager David Riolo said.
“He thought long and hard about it, and had some exciting offers elsewhere.
“But in the end, he just didn’t want to make the change.”
In light of the entire situation, Riolo praised the manner in which the Warriors and the Panthers dealt with the matter, showing professionalism during the process.
“That made it a really difficult decision for Todd,” Riolo said.
“He’s very happy that his future’s set up for the next five-and-a-half years.”
For Carney, he is pleased to have the speculation over and his future sorted for the next 5 years.
â€œIâ€™m happy to have made the decision to be staying at the Sharks and to be settled for the next five years. We have a strong playing group here and Iâ€™m excited to have the chance of working with them,” said Carney.
There were some nervous moments for the club during the entire process, with Sharks coach Shane Flanagan pleased that the star play-maker made the decision to stay on board.
â€œI was always confident Todd would stay but he was offered big money contracts at other clubs so we had to let the negotiation process run its course,â€ Flanagan said.
â€œHis decision is a great show of loyalty towards the club and is also an expression of faith in the long term future of the Sharks.â€
Just as pleased with the re-signing was the Sharks General Manager of Football Steve Noyce, who is pleased to have seen Carney sign on the dotted line.
â€œTodd and his manager David Riolo had a big decision to make, we understand they had to test the market and we thank them for the professional manner in which the negotiations were conducted,â€ Noyce said.