WHISPERS of a Todd Carney return to the NRL in 2016 have now turned into screams with reports emerging the Roosters may be planning a sensational play for the five-eighth who they sacked just under four years ago. Carney, who recently won a wrongful dismissal case against the Sharks, is likely to be given the green light to return to NRL if he adheres to strict behavioural guidelines. Despite being sacked by the club in 2011 for a string of misdemeanors, the playmaker is still admired by Roosters supremo Nick Politis and has a strong relationship with coach Trent Robinson who was an assistant to Brian Smith in Carney’s Dally M-winning season in 2010. It is believed certain Roosters officials have reached out to Carney and are reportedly planning to engage in formal talks with the 28-year-old’s Super League Club Catalans about the possibility of an early release from his three-year deal. Robinson also has strong ties to the French-based outfit having coached there for two seasons between 2011-2012. The Roosters premiership-winning five-eighth James Maloney is off-contract at season’s end and has attracted the interest of a number of clubs, primarily Manly. Maloney and his management have only engaged in preliminary contract talks with the club and is seeking a long-term deal to remain at Bondi. The Sea Eagles have also been linked with Carney as they hunt down a superstar half to build the club around following the shock departures of Daly Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran at season’s end. If the Roosters are to capture Carney’s signature it would be a major coup for a club who already boasts the most talented roster in the NRL. It would also see Carney reunite with Mitchell Pearce in the halves. The talented duo not only helped take the Roosters all the way to the grand final in 2010 but also represented NSW in Origin in 2012. In his time at the Tri-colours, Carney racked up 44 games and scored a total of 316 points. Source RLW I guess the Roosters, with their no cap policy in agreement with the NRL Auditor, will introduce the Three halves in a team structure or perhaps convince the NRL to let them be the only team to play with 14 men on the field! Oh wait they already do that don't they!