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Noad says Anasta will stay at Bulldogs

By Daniel Pace 05/11/2004 08:10:15 PM Comments (0)

Bulldogs chief executive Malcolm Noad insists the NRL club won't be releasing Braith Anasta from the final year of his contract, despite reports that the five-eighth wants to play rugby for NSW in 2005.

Anasta, his manager Greg Willett and Waratahs coach Ewen McKenzie met in a Sydney restaurant to discuss the 22-year-old switching codes.

"He wants out," McKenzie said.

"He's adamant to us that he wants to come on board with the Waratahs next year and we're keen to get him.

"The Bulldogs at the moment seem to be happy to have a player on board who doesn't want to be there for next year," he told Channel Nine.

The Waratahs claim the premiership-winning Bulldogs cleared Anasta to hold talks with NSW rugby officials earlier this year to ease the NRL club's salary cap problems.

"They showed him the door, he's gone through it and he likes what he sees at the Waratahs," McKenzie said.

Noad told AAP he was disappointed Anasta and the Waratahs had not discussed the matter with him personally.

"He won't be getting a release," he said.

"The thing that's both surprising and disappointing is that these sorts of conversations are taking place in the media rather than with the club.

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