Todd Carney has moved closer to a possible return to the NRL, after discussing his unfair dismissal from Cronulla with Sharks management overnight.
The former representative star, who is playing for Super League club Catalans, was sacked by the Sharks in June after an unsavoury image of him went viral on social media.
Carney appealed the sacking and last month won the wrongful dismissal case against Cronulla within the NRL’s appeals structure.
He spoke with the Sharks board last night over Skype for the first time since winning his case.
Two weeks ago, Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan indicated he wouldn’t push for a return of the exiled 28-year-old.
But with the Sharks sitting at the bottom of the NRL ladder after a horror 0-4 start and five-eighth Ben Barba, who is currently suspended, struggling to cope with the playmaking duties, it is understood Flanagan has warmed to the idea.
Whether the Sharks board would welcome the former Dally M medallist back is entirely another matter.
Chairman Damian Keogh has said the Sharks would have sacked Carney regardless, even if they erred in the process.
Carney wasn’t banned by the NRL, but the game’s governing body would have to permit the former NSW and Australian representative’s return.
“A club would need to lodge a contract for his return and they would need to show that he was a fit and proper person to play in the NRL,” an NRL spokesman told AAP.