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Nate Myles re-signs with Roosters

15/06/2009 05:42:31 PM Comments (0)

The Sydney Roosters say the re-signing of Queensland forward Nate Myles proves the uncertainty surrounding coach Brad Fittler is not affecting the NRL club's recruitment.

Maroons State of Origin interchange prop Myles has recommitted to the last-placed Roosters for another three years, meaning he will be at Bondi until the end of 2012.

Favourite son Fittler is off-contract at the end of this season and has been given no guarantees following the club's poor 2009.

The Roosters have lost eight of their past nine games and recently admitted all has not been rosy between coach and players off the field.

The club acted by getting former coach Arthur Beetson to assistant Fittler and the side has rallied in the past two weeks, unluckily pipped 24-20 by the Coast Gold on Saturday night.

Myles added to the intrigue over Fittler's future on Monday when he said the coach was a factor in his re-signing.

"It was a little bit," the 23-year-old told reporters.

"When I first signed here in `06 we ended up losing the coach that I was signed with (Chris Anderson in 2007) so it was a bit difficult, I didn't want to go through that again.

"I don't know what the club does and it's their decision but I'm happy with Freddy (Fittler) at the moment."

Asked if he believed Fittler would be there for the duration of his new deal, Myles said: "I had a chat with Freddy and we had a good chat about that."

Roosters CEO Steve Noyce said he wasn't privy to the details of that "private conversation".

But he said the retention of Myles and former NSW halfback Mitchell Pearce meant players had confidence in the club's direction.

"One of the common comments is players need to know (who the coach will be)," he told AAP.

"We've re-signed players of Origin status in Mitchell Pearce and Nate Myles so they have confidence in the long-term future of the club, that's the most important thing.

"We'll just keep going and hopefully we get some wins and then the whole thing looks after itself."

Noyce restated the club's position that the coaching job would be decided later in the season and there were no timeframe or benchmark for Fittler to meet in order to be re-signed.

"In the short term, a month ago we were going poorly and we had some issues," Noyce said.

"We've worked with the playing group and with the coaching group to try and put ourselves in a position to turn that around.

"I think in the last two weeks, we're still disappointed that we haven't had any wins but we're certainly performing much better on the field so that's thee approach we've all taken.

"We've still got half of the season to go and we'll just continue to monitor the situation."

Myles, who fielded several offers from rival NRL clubs, said the mood at the Roosters had improved.

"It has. I was in (Origin) camp when they had a few of their big meetings and got a lot of things off their chest so I had to come back in and hear about that," he said.

"Things have definitely picked up the last few weeks and you can sort of see it in our footy."

Meanwhile, the Roosters are continuing an investigation into an incident at Gosford at the weekend when a fan allegedly had her wrist broken by a security guard from a firm which sponsors the club, EGroup.

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