Brits visa crackdown putting careers on hold

Sacked Canberra Raiders halfback Todd Carney is again facing an uncertain future following reports that European Super League club Huddersfield Giants have contacted managers and other clubs to find another halfback.

Huddersfield are reportedly concerned that Carney's visa application to travel to Britain will be declined, barring the 22-year-old from joining Nathan Brown-coached team for the 2009 season.

While the reasons for the delays in processing the visa application are uncertain, there are some concerns that Carney's off-field record, which includes a number of drink-driving convictions, may be stalling proceedings.

The Giants are also waiting for the return of former New Zealand Test centre Jamahl Lolesi, who is trying to renew his visa.

Huddersfield's first Super League fixture is on February 14.

Meanwhile, New Zealand international Greg Eastwood, a member of the Kiwis' World Cup-winning team in November, had intended to join up with Leeds last month but is still in Brisbane waiting for the paperwork to be processed.

Hull-bound Michael Crocker has also been held up by red tape with the former Melbourne Storm forward unable to secure his visa. He is still hopeful of joining Hull's pre-season camp in Portugal.

In other news, the career of suspended Shark Greg Bird remains up in the air with the Cronulla board likely to meet later this month. Recent reports suggest that Bird might be forced to switch to rugby union.