Todd Carney to resume career in England

Troubled former NRL player Todd Carney has signed a Super League deal with Hull KR

Controversial former NRL playmaker Todd Carney is out of rugby league limbo after reportedly agreeing with Queensland Cup team Northern Pride on a deal allowing him to play for English Super League side Hull KR.

The Pride had felt they deserved compensation from 32-year-old Carney to let him out of his three-year contract early, and Fairfax Media says that has now been arranged.

Carney only played six games for the Pride, and will now join a Hull KR side coached by Tim Sheens this weekend to play in the local derby against Hull FC.

"We're happy to announce, after lengthy negotiations, that Todd Carney's relationship with the Northern Pride has ended," chairman Tony Williamson told Fairfax.

"He was walking away from a two-and-a-half year agreement, so we took a stance that we deserved some compensation. That has now be delivered. We wish him well at Hull KR."

Carney has a long rap sheet, being released early by Canberra, the Roosters and Cronulla following a series of off-field misdemeanours.

He has consistently been denied the chance to return to the NRL after a number of playing options for him fell through.

He started the 2018 season playing for the Pride, hoping to use the time as a chance to earn his way back to the big time with North Queensland.

But he left the Pride abruptly in May to return to Sydney when his mother fell ill with breast cancer.

Then South Sydney shot him down, saying it would provide "no pathway" for Carney despite their feeder club North Sydney expressing interest in signing him.

Manly were also touted as a possible destination for Carney in the off-season and again when five-eighth Lachlan Croker went down with a season-ending injury, however coach Trent Barrett decided against it.