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 North Queensland Cowboys
Next Game: The Season has finished
Carney to chase NRL comeback in Qld Cup
27 Oct 2017
Todd Carney will return to far North Queensland for another shot at the NRL via the Queensland Cup, after knocking back lucrative Super League offers.

The far North Queensland publican who had helped to revive Todd Carney's rugby league career says the troubled star has always wanted to return to his second home.

Carney will play next season for Cairns Northern Pride in the Queensland Cup, knocking back a reported $1.2 million over three years to stay in England with Tim Sheens' Hull KR.

The move provides the former Dally M Medallist and 2012 NSW State of Origin playmaker an avenue towards one last shot at the NRL.

And it presents as a homecoming of sorts after the 31-year-old had spent 2009 playing for the Atherton Roosters.

Denied a NRL contract after being sacked by Canberra, the then 23-year-old worked for Mick Nasser at Atherton's Barron Valley Hotel and played for the local side.

Carney won the Dally M Medal with the Sydney Roosters the following season but a series of alcohol-related incidents led to his departure from Bondi before the infamous "bubbler" photo of him in 2014 resulted in him being banished by Cronulla.

The five-eighth has spent the past three years in Super League but has shunned big offers to return on a $100,000 contract for one last NRL crack.

Nasser said there was more to it than that, though, pointing to his affinity to the region and desire to coach once he retired.

"NRL is still a goal but he's always wanted to finish in Atherton," Nasser told AAP.

"We've been talking about it and he said he wanted to give something back by coaching in Atherton and this move shows it's not about the money for him.

"He'll always have his knockers, the keyboard warriors and people who don't know him but it'll be good to have him back."

Canberra's board last week voted to block a return to the club Carney debuted at as a 17-year-old.

But Pride boss and former Australian forward Greg Dowling said his newest recruit deserved, and was good enough for, another shot.

"Everyone deserves a chance to redeem themselves and he's served his penance and I've always said he's only ever damaged himself - never hurt anyone else," Dowling told AAP.

One possibility for Carney could be a promotion to play NRL for North Queensland, for whom the Pride are a feeder team.

But he would still need to be registered by the NRL to play for the Cowboys, given the top tier is run separately to the ARL-administered Queensland Cup.

"I don't have an application on my desk for Todd Carney to return to the NRL," NRL boss Todd Greenberg said.

"I wish him luck in the Queensland Cup. If we get an application, we will deal with it on our merits at the time."


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Last Game: The Cowboys lost against the Brisbane Broncos 12 - 38 at ANZ Stadium, Australia (5311 days ago)  game results here
 North Queensland Cowboys Season 0 Stats (All games)
 Total Games Played 26 
 Away Games 15 
    Away Wins 6 
 Home Games 11 
    Home Wins
 Total Tries: 44 
 Total Goals: 35 
 Total Field Goals:
 Total Points For: 514 
 Total Points Against: 771 
 Leagues the North Queensland Cowboys are in
1995 Winfield Cup, 1996 Optus Cup, 1997 Superleague Telstra Cup, 1998 Trials, 1998 NRL Season, 1999 NRL Country Carnival, 1999 NRL Season, 2000 NRL Season, 2001 NRL Season, 2002 NRL Season, 2003 NRL Season,

 Players in 2002
Daniel Strickland, David Thompson, George Gatis, Glenn Morrison, Jamie McDonald, John Buttigieg, John Doyle, Josh Hannay, Ken McGuinness, Leigh McWilliams, Matt Peterson, Matt Sing, Matthew Bowen, Michael Luck, Nathan Fien, Paul Bowman, Peter Jones, Shane Muspratt, Shaun Valentine, Tarin Bradford, Tim Brasher,

 Players in 2001
Adam Connelly, Adam Nable, Brett Hetherington, Brian Jellick, Chris Muckert, Chris Sheppard, Damien Smith, Danny Moore, Geoff Bell, John Manning, Julian O'Neill, Kyle Warren, Lee Oudenryn, Mark Shipway, Naipolioni Kuricibi, Nick Paterson, Paul Dezolt, Paul Pensini, Robert Relf, Scott Whiting, Shayne McMenemy, Tim Maddison, Trent Leis,

 Players in 2000
Brett Boyd, Chad Halliday, Graham Appo, Greg Bourke, Jeremy Schloss, Noel Goldthorpe, Paul Green, Scott Prince,

 Players in 1999
Darrien Doherty, Glen Murphy, Jody Gall, Kris Tassell, Matt Ryan, Noa Nadruku,
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Last Results

Sunday, 11 May, 2003
Brisbane 38
Cowboys 12


Saturday, 26 Apr, 2003
Cowboys 32
Melbourne 12


Monday, 21 Apr, 2003
Warriors 30
Cowboys 24


Saturday, 12 Apr, 2003
Sydney City 32
Cowboys 0


Saturday, 5 Apr, 2003
Brisbane 32
Cowboys 24


Monday, 31 Mar, 2003
Cowboys 27
South Sydney 20


Saturday, 22 Mar, 2003
Cowboys 30
Eagles 20


Saturday, 15 Mar, 2003
Canberra 46
Cowboys 14


Saturday, 7 Sep, 2002
Cowboys 15
Parramatta 6


Saturday, 31 Aug, 2002
Cowboys 36
South Sydney 34


2003 NRL LADDER
Round 10
May 17th - 18th
Pos  Team Name  P
 1   Canberra   16 
 2   Brisbane   14 
 3   Warriors   14 
 4   Sydney City   12 
 5   Melbourne   12 
 6   Newcastle   12 
 7   Penrith   12 
 8   Canterbury   10 
 9   St George   10 
 10   Eagles   8 
 11   Cowboys   8 
 12   Sharks   6 
 13   Wests Tigers   6 
 14   Parramatta   4 
 15   South Sydney   2 
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