Braith Anasta has no plans to extend his comeback into the regular season in order to help out the ailing Sydney Roosters. His reasons are twofold. One, he already has a full schedule thanks to his work with Fox Sports. Two, he has the utmost faith in boom half Jackson Hastings, declaring the time is right for the 20-year-old to shine.
Anasta, who will make a short-lived return in the Auckland Nines this weekend, believes Hastings is ready to step up in the absence of Mitchell Pearce, who remains overseas as he undergoes rehabilitation.
“If anyone can do it for a 20-year-old, it is him,” Anasta said of Hastings.
“Jackson is really confident. He has that little bit of confidence and little bit of arrogance, which you need. With Pearcey probably not going to be there, they need that type of player to lead the team."