Cessnock recruit Paul Carter for 2018 Newcastle Rugby League season

The Cessnock Goannas have announced the signing of controversial former NRL player Paul Carter for the 2018 Newcastle Rugby League season.

Paul Carter in action for the Roosters. Picture: AAP Image

Paul Carter in action for the Roosters. Picture: AAP Image

Carter, 25, was sacked by the Sydney Roosters this season and pleaded guilty to supplying cocaine at a Sydney nightclub to teammate Shaun Kenny-Dowall, who later joined the Newcastle Knights.

Carter was accused of supplying a small quantity of the drug to Kenny-Dowall at the Ivy nightclub in the early hours of May 5.

He previously pleaded not guilty to one charge of supplying a prohibited drug, but changed his plea to guilty. The matter was adjourned last month for sentence on November 29.

Kenny-Dowall was spared a conviction after he pleaded guilty to possessing .29 of a gram of cocaine at the nightclub.

Carter, the son of former Penrith playmaker Steve Carter, had previously been sacked by NRL clubs Gold Coast and South Sydney for disciplinary reasons and breach of the club’s code of conduct respectively. He has played lock, second-row and hooker.

Al Lantry has returned to Cessnock and will coach them in 2018 after the club parted ways with Steve Kidd.