Carney may be forced out of game

DISGRACED Cronulla star Todd Carney may have to change codes and countries if he hopes to continue playing professional football.

And former Raiders bad boy Blake Ferguson won't be sighted in the NRL this year after league officials rejected an application by the Sydney Roosters to register him for the rest of the 2014 season.

Ferguson was found guilty in December of groping a woman's crotch during a boozy night out in Cronulla in June 2013 as he celebrated his selection in the NSW Origin side.

Carney was sacked by the Sharks on Sunday after a lewd photo of him urinating into his own face in a nightclub last month went viral on social media at the weekend.

Disgusted NRL officials came out publicly and endorsed Cronulla's decision to immediately tear up the serial offender's $3 million contract, effectively deregistering the 28-year-old.

His playing options, if there are any, would be a switch to rugby union in Japan or France.

His attempt to play rugby league for UK-based English Super League club Huddersfield in 2009, after the Raiders tore up his contract, was thwarted because his criminal record prevented him securing a visa.

An NRL spokesperson told APN it had not received a contract with Carney's name on it before yesterday's June 30 deadline.

"It takes a bit of work to put together and lodge a contract so we don't expect one," the spokesperson said.