Braith Anasta
Hoping to stay with Roosters

Braith Anasta has approached various crossroads throughout the past 13 seasons – but this time he’s never been more certain about where he’s headed.

First, he wants a new contract that will see him finish his career in his beloved red, white and blue.

Then he wants to play so well this season, in his preferred position of five-eighth, that coach Brian Smith has no choice but to keep the Roosters captain in the No.6 jumper.

You read that right. In other words, ahead of Warriors five-eighth James Maloney, who has already signed and will be delivered next season.

“If I stay here, I’ll be trying to play as good as I can this year to push myself into five-eighth next year,” Anasta, 30, told The Daily Telegraph yesterday.

“I like the position. It’s where I belong. I’ve played there for so long, I’ve played my best football there. My best years have been at five-eighth. I’ve spoken to the club a little bit about it [Maloney coming in 2013] and obviously he’s a great player. But the way I see it, it’s a long season. All I can do is play the best football I can play. I want to start the season the strongest I can and play as well as I can all year.”

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