Braith Anasta’s future at the Sydney Roosters is in doubt after he was told he is free to hit the open market.

Anasta was shopped to several clubs last week, including the Parramatta Eels and North Queensland Cowboys, after he was refused a contract extension beyond 2011.

The Roosters have told Anasta, who led the team to last year’s grand final, that he would have to take a significant pay-cut to stay at the club.

“We have just told Braith to be patient,” a Roosters insider said last night.

“We want him at the club, but he may be able to get better money elsewhere and we wouldn’t stand in his way. He knows as well as we do that it is a business, and that he has to do the best thing for himself.

“A football hasn’t even been kicked this year so it is silly to be talking about his future. Braith is wanted at the club, but he will just have to be patient and wait and see how a couple of things play out.”

With Todd Carney and Mitchell Pearce locked into long-term deals, the Roosters may be forced to cut their inspirational skipper at the end of the season.

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Anasta was last week shopped to the Eels who showed little interest in the veteran back-rower.

The former Test five-eighth wants to finish his career with the Bondi-based club and is disappointed with the Roosters’ reluctance to offer him a new deal.

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