Surprise retirement shocks Titans

Clive Churchill medal winner Scott Prince is expected to steer the Gold Coast Titans around the paddock when they play at Oakes Oval on February 24.

In a sudden change of heart, Irish flyer Brian Carney has retired from professional sport after only a couple of days training with the Gold Coast Titans. Carney, a winner of the Dalley M Winger of the Year award, was set to join the Titan line up for the Lismore trial match against Parramatta on Saturday, February 24, but found his heart wasnt in it.

I have made this decision with a heavy heart, Carney said. It has been a difficult decision for me to make but I dearly want to get home to my family and I couldnt act like a fraud by taking the Clubs money when I knew in my heart I couldnt see the year out.

Ironically, Carney was one of the squads best performers during Mondays training session at the Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre.

Carney had joined the new Gold Coast NRL franchise on Sunday, after gaining an early release from his Wigan Football Club contract, and has now asked to have his contract withheld to quash any speculation that hes backflipping on his original decision.

Carney would have offered sting at the flanks of the Titans backline but supporters are sure that the star studded team, which includes Preston Campbell and Clive Chuchill medallist Scott Prince, will bounce back from the disappointment of losing the international.

Although grandstand tickets for the Lismore game have sold out, general admission tickets are still on sale through Ticketek on 132 849. Adult $17.50, Family $47, children $12 and concession $14.

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