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Catch up with Rooster's halfback after their epic win against the Tigers in the GF qualifier.

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  • has played a crucial role in the Roosters

    stellar turnaround this season which has seen the tricolours rocket from last years wooden spooners to being a major force in 2010. Since his return from NRL exile, Carney has set the competition alight with a new attitude; using his amazing speed and creativity to develop one of the deadliest combinations in the league with halves partner Mitchell Pearce. Though he began the year as fullback, Carney has made the number 6 his own and looks set to dominate the competition for years to come.

    RLP caught up with him after the Roosters epic 100 minute vic-tory over Wests Tigers to see what lifes been like for the new Todd Carney.

    RLP: Youve had a troubled past but you seem to have made some big changes. Exactly what are they?TODD: Im probably just not taking Rugby League for granted any-more; giving it all Ive got, and training hard. Im showing more professionalism since I gave up the drink in January. Theyre prob-ably the big things.

    RLP: You now have a close friendship with Mitchell Pearce. How has he helped you this year?TODD: Yeah Mitchells a great player. I loved watching him and now I love playing with him. His professionalism, as a footballer, is second to none and hes a master of the game. He lives and breathes it and since Ive come to the club I feel Ive learnt a lot off him. Hes a great competitor, a great talker, and I owe a lot of my success this year to Pearcey.

    RLP: People had their doubts about the move to Sydney. How has the club supported you and helped you stay on track?TODD: Thats just the way the club is. Smithy brought us togeth-er and said: well stick together and thats what weve done. It wasnt just the people doubting me. I had doubts myself. Obvi-ously its a big place and there are a lot of temptations but I moved in with Jake Friend which, I think, has helped me. I think Braith and Smithy have been a big part of that also. Their door is al-ways open; their phone is on whenever you need it; so I know that theyre there. The support of everyone at the club has been great.

    RLP: Roosters fans absolutely worship you now. How do you feel about their support?TODD: I know when I used to play against the Roosters that the crowd was always vocal and they loved their team and its the same when you play for them. They love us, they turn up for us and while ever that happens, players will lift for them.

    RLP: What advice would you give to young up and coming players?TODD: Just not to take things for granted. Stay on track and dont fall for the temptations. Football is only around for 10 years and you just have to knuckle down. Just listen to the people that have been through it and done it and give it all youve got.

    RLP: How proud were you to win the Dally M this year?TODD: It was a great honour.

    TODD CARNEY

    WORDS BY WILL LUCKMAN

    W I T H T O D D C A R N E Yreborn

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