The raw, honest and utterly compelling autobiography of one of rugby league's most talented yet most notorious players.
Few NRL players in the last decade have had the talent of Todd Carney. From his debut season with the Canberra Raiders where he was awarded 'Rookie of the Year' he stood out as a player of rare ability, combining speed, strength and sublime kicking skills with a brilliant tactical awareness of the game. He went on to win the Dally M for the NRL's best player, was twice voted the game's best five-eighth, won the Provan-Summons Medal (the People's Choice Award) and was recognised as the International Player of the Year.
Carney's abilities matched those of rugby league greats like Thurston, Smith and Slater, but tragedy struck his family when he was 22, and his career would be constantly derailed by off-field behaviour driven by a toxic relationship with alcohol and binge drinking, and a reckless immaturity. Changing clubs under a cloud of scandal became a signature Carney move, and as his notoriety grew, so did the overwhelming media and public interest in everything he did. Finally, his NRL career was brought crashing down by a photograph leaked online of what became known as the infamous 'bubbler' incident.
In Hard Truth, Todd, now aged 33, looks back on a football life that has contained the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. It's an account that's honest, insightful and fascinating, and a rare window into the real life of one of rugby league's most talked-about yet least-known figures.
Todd Carney is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who has played for The Canberra Raiders, The Sydney Roosters and The Cronulla Sharks in the NRL.
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin
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