Amidfresh scam allegations,a pending court date next month and the threat of deregistration,NRL bad boy Paul Carter arrived in Cessnock this week and Goannas officials are determined to leave his controversialpast behind.
IN TOWN: Goannas recruit Paul Carter at Cessnock on Wednesday afternoon. Picture: Facebook
Carter was shown around town and the club’s headquarters by stalwart Chris Pyne on Wednesday afternoon with Cessnock coach Al Lantry declaring the Goannas recruit ready to go.
“It was good people finally get to see him [Carter] there,” Lantrysaid after the visit and following photographs posted on social media.
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“People were starting to get a bit worried, but it’s all good now.
“He was up for that and then he’ll be there at the first training session back [mid-January].”
Reports last week showed Carter’s trouble earlier this year with a father-of-four rugby league fan, who accused the sacked star of accepting more than $5000 for jerseys but not delivering the goods before borrowing a further $2000 for bills.
“Someone sent me a link to that [story] as well and askedif I was worried, but whatever it is has come up from the past,” Lantry said.
“He’s done nothing wrong since he’s been with us and he hasn’tput the Cessnock club in risk of anything yet, so it’s not a concern of mine.
“Everything I’ve spoken to him about has been positive and all about footy.”
Carter, who has pleaded guilty to supplying a small amount of cocaine to former Sydney Roosters teammate Shaun Kenny-Dowall at the Ivy nightclub onMay 5, is set to be sentenced in Sydney on January 10 after failing to appear in court last month.
“We’ve spoken about it, but it’s not really a concern of mine really,” Lantry said.
“What he’s been charged with and what he had on him was very minimal, so I can’t see him getting into too much trouble.”
Country Rugby League (CRL) recently deregistered Carter based on the ongoing legal matter andprevious discipline-related departures from the Roosters, Souths and Gold Coast.
Carter was initially denied a clearance to Cessnock because of debts owed to Group 2 side Coffs Harbour.