The Sydney Roosters have rejected an approach by the North Queensland Cowboys to recruit Braith Anasta for next season.
Cowboys chief executive Peter Jourdain sent a letter to the Roosters requesting permission to begin talks with their captain, by Roosters boss Steve Noyce said Anasta won’t be going anywhere in 2011.
“Braith is under contract to the Roosters for 2011 and he will be playing for our club,” Noyce told reporters.
“I don’t know what his manager or Peter Jordain has said but we won’t be giving permission for any club to talk to him about playing anywhere else in 2011.”
There had been speculation Anasta was keen to leave the club after being switched from his preferred five-eighth position to lock this year in order to accommodate Dally M medal winner Todd Carney.
But the Sydney skipper has previously denied claims he wants out, instead insisting he wants to finish his career at the club.