Dally M medal winner Todd Carney to coach Jimboomba rugby league kids

Jimboomba's strong rugby league stocks are playing a central role in Todd Carney's redemption story, but you will not find him using that R word.

Aspirations: Todd Carney has moved to Jimboomba and aims to bring some of the next superstars through. Photo: Matt McLennan

Aspirations: Todd Carney has moved to Jimboomba and aims to bring some of the next superstars through. Photo: Matt McLennan

The former NRL so-called bad boy has moved to Jimboomba, where he is living with former Married at First sight contestant Suzie Bradley, and he aims to help the next generation of rugby league superstars.

Carney, who won the Dally M medal in 2010 as the NRL's best player, wants to give back to the game he has been involved with for 17 years.

He is looking for talented kids to coach. Carney, an accredited coach, will offer group and individual skills and fitness sessions, focusing on speed, agility, kicking, passing and positional play.

He will mentor anyone aged eight and above.

"Individual kids who see themselves going on to the next level," he said.

"Hopefully the kids I teach turn out to be the next Darren Lockyer or Jonathan Thurston."

Carney made his debut for the Canberra Raiders in 2004, at 17.

His career was a mixture of highs and lows, with off-field indiscretions sitting alongside Test and State of Origin appearances.

Carney was a central figure in the Sydney Roosters' charge to the grand final.

He is not comfortable with the redemption storyline, and Carney said he was not one for kicking stones.

"If the regrets outweigh the positives, then I would be disappointed," he said.

"But the positives outweigh the negatives by a long shot.

"I've got it tattooed on me - everything happens for a reason.

"It's the motto of a lot of Australians. When you get knocked down, don't give up on it."

"The game took me places where I never thought I would go."

He has one real regret from his playing days. Carney wishes he had met Ms Bradley sooner.

"When you find someone you care about, and who cares about you, it's nice," he said.

"I wish I had met Suzie while I was playing. I wish I had that outside influence to tell me to pull my head in, other than my mum."

Carney has always been proud of his work ethic, which he says complemented his talent.

"I was born with a gift, but I have had to work for it," he said.

"Everything I have achieved has come with hard work.

"Even when I was out being a bit of a scallywag, I was always putting in."

To book a session with Carney, email toddcarney@live.com.au

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