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No baggage over Finch split: Eels coach

By Samantha Broun 28/09/2009 07:37:03 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta coach Daniel Anderson says he remains comfortable with the NRL club's decision to release five-eighth Brett Finch.

Finch left Parramatta just four weeks into the season when the Eels were struggling for form.

Anderson signed off on Finch's departure in April, believing he was set to sign a lucrative deal in the UK.

But the then-inconsistent Melbourne Storm pounced, snapping up the Eels discard, who immediately helped sparked the Storm's misfiring backline to life.

In a wonderful twist, the re-energised playmaker will lead the Storm around ANZ Stadium against his former team in Sunday's NRL grand final decider.

Anderson on Monday again denied the spilt with Finch was acrimonious.

It has been widely reported the Eels coach told Finch they couldn't win a premiership with him at the helm.

"I know it's boring and the facts aren't usually told, there wasn't any blood spilt and there wasn't a terse word spoken," Anderson told reporters.

"(Finch) has gone on in a different direction and he's in a grand final.

"Parramatta have gone in a different direction and they're in a grand final.

"I think we're pretty comfortable, he's pretty comfortable.

"The situation was resolved a long while ago - as I said - it was very amicable and professionally dealt with and therefore there isn't any baggage."

Anderson wasn't about to engage in talks over what might have been.

"I wouldn't be coach if Michael Hagan wasn't here either," he said.

"It's the old punter's post-mortem, if I had backed that outsider instead of the favourite I would have earned more money."

Finch took the bullet for the Eels poor start to the NRL season and the club thrived after his departure, recording 10 wins from 11 matches to charge into their first grand final since 2001.

Melbourne, conversely, were kicked into life by Finch, whose arrival allowed Greg Inglis to star in his preferred centre position, helping them reach their fourth straight decider.

Finch walked out on a $1 million three-year deal at the Eels to join the Storm for just $50,000 - although he was paid out for the rest of the 2009 season by Parramatta.

He has since signed another one-year deal at the Storm for 2010.

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