Lodge should not influence Carney deal: Green
COWBOYS coach Paul Green believes Matt Lodge's controversial NRL return should have zero bearing on whether the club is allowed to sign Todd Carney this season.
The Cowboys have expressed their interest in signing the 2010 Dally M champion, who hasn't played in Australia since he was cut by the Sharks for the infamous 'bubbler' incident in 2014.
Carney must prove to the NRL he is worthy of a fourth chance after being sacked by the Raiders, Roosters, and Sharks for off-field indiscretions before any new deal will be registered.
His potential return comes amid growing backlash against Lodge's NRL comeback with the Broncos, with accusations of hypocrisy should Carney's deal be rejected.
Lodge was deregistered over a 2015 drunken rampage in New York in which he terrorised a couple and their nine-year-old child, as well as another woman, in a violent home invasion.
The 22-year-old escaped jail time, but is still being pursued by his victims in a $1.6 million civil lawsuit although that hasn't stopped Lodge from returning to the field with the Broncos.
The NRL yet to make a ruling on Carney, but Green refused to compare the situation to Lodge after Thursday's captain's run, saying each player should be judged on his own merits.
"I'm not going to comment and buy into the whole Matt Lodge thing. That's for the Broncos and the NRL to work out," Green said.
"The two players are completely unrelated so we're not doing it because of what's happened with Matt Lodge, not in any way, shape, or form.
"We flatly refused at the start when his (Carney) name came up. We wanted to see what his attitude was like and that's about what he's actually done and so far he's done everything asked of him.
"That's the only reason while we're investigating it."