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Gallop meets with Anasta's management

By Steve Jancetic 18/05/2005 07:01:52 PM Comments (0)

NRL chief executive David Gallop says he has done all he can to persuade Braith Anasta to remain in rugby league, while NSW halfback Brett Kimmorley believes the upcoming State of Origin series will show the Bulldogs five-eighth just what he will be missing out on if he switches codes.

Gallop met with Anasta's manager Greg Willett to reinforce the NRL's desire for him to stay with rugby league, and reject an offer from the Australian Rugby Union ahead of the 2007 World Cup.

"We don't want to see our star players leaving the code," Gallop said.

"There are great opportunities in rugby league for Braith over the next few years.

"The essence of the conversation yesterday was just to remind Greg that we'd like Braith to stay."

Gallop was due to meet with Anasta personally, only for the Bulldogs star to send Willett in his place after he was a late withdrawal due to a family issue.

Gallop had no plans to organise another meeting to include Anasta, saying: "I've left the ball in their court."

Kimmorley said State of Origin, arguably the pinnacle for rugby league, was a great incentive for players to stick with the code.

"If Braith goes it's for his own enjoyment, I can't say whether I'd be disappointed," Kimmorley said.

"Our game's going great at the moment, we're about to watch a tremendous Origin series. If they make a decision to leave ... what they're missing they'll see in the next six weeks."

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