Posted: 10 October, 2016
by Triple M NRL
Update On Carney And Hastings Going To Dragons
Todd Carney and Jackson Hastings Photo: Getty Images
There are reports the Dragons are likely to promote from within when they pick their replacement for Benji Marshall for next season.
Todd Carney and Roosters half Jackson Hastings were both rumoured to be joining the Red V but it’s believed both those players are off the table.
www.foxsports.com.au reports: “It is understood the Dragons were warned off signing 30-year-old Carney by the NRL, while they decided not to pursue 20-year-old Hastings due to concerns about whether his personality would fit into their squad.”
The club is exploring its options for 2017 with Josh McCrone, Kurt Mann and Illawarra Cutters playmaker Drew Hutchison all in the running to partner UK international Gareth Widdop in the halves.
Drew Hutchison Photo: Getty Images
After making his debut in the 2014 season, Jackson Hastings, who is the son of club great Kevin Hastings, enjoyed a breakout 2015 under coach Trent Robinson. However, things went pear-shaped for the instinctive halfback this year.
Carney was sacked by the Sharks in 2014, the day after a photo purporting to show him urinating in his own mouth - an act known as "the bubbler" - at Cronulla pub Northies emerged online.
He picked up the pieces of his career with French Super League club Catalans. However, according to L’Independant he has been released and is “free to pursue opportunities elsewhere.”