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NRL Warriors show Anderson the door

15/02/2005 08:40:27 PM Comments (0)

The Warriors rugby league club has shown Kiwi centre Vinnie Anderson the door, at the same time preventing him from going to any other NRL club.

Anderson, 26, on Monday signed a three-year deal with the London Broncos and will fly out on Wednesday and play against Salford on Friday night England time, leaving his wife and two children behind.

He said he was unhappy he would not see out the remaining year on his Warriors contract and had been looking forward to playing with younger brother Louis, who has two years left on his deal.

"I'm sorry I'm not going to be at the Warriors," Anderson said.

"I didn't want to go. I had a very positive meeting with (club chief executive) Mick Watson in January and I told him I wanted to be part of the success I felt the Warriors would have this season.

"I was looking forward to learning from Ruben Wiki and Steve Price.

"Then three weeks later Watson came to me with a contract offer from Bradford, after Shontayne Hape did his knee, and advised me to take it.

"He said I might only get a couple of games this year and then I'd struggle to get another NRL club in 2006."

Anderson said he started looking around and on Monday signed with London, who have picked up a fistful of NRL players this season, among them former Warriors Mark Tookey and Thomas Leuluai, who was pushed out in similar fashion to Anderson.

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