The clean-out at the Sydney Roosters has begun with captain Braith Anasta ready to finish his career at Wests Tigers, in a move that could result in coach Tim Sheens reviving his ill-fated experiment with Benji Marshall at halfback.
Anasta, who turned 30 in January, has spent the past seven years at the Roosters but is expected to join the Tigers on a two-year deal from next season.
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While Anasta took to Twitter last night to deny anything had been finalised – he tweeted: “I have NOT signed a contract with any club beyond 2012” – it is understood the former NSW and Test star is willing to take a significant pay cut to extend his career.
The Tigers see Anasta as the perfect foil for Marshall, although it could mean the New Zealand skipper returns to halfback. Marshall played in the position for most of the 2009 season before Sheens scrapped the experiment.
Anasta now appears likely to take over that role from next season. His place at the Roosters had already been allocated from 2013 to Warriors five-eighth James Maloney, who shapes as a big-money recruit alongside dual international Sonny Bill Williams.