Through the tough times at the Sydney Roosters, Braith Anasta was a frustrated man. You could see it etched on his face and in his body language. Anasta needed a change.
Do not be fooled by the lavish lifestyle or his ability to hit a golf ball. The former international can play tough and can mix it with the big boys.
The only thing stopping Anasta from being a success at the Wests Tigers is Anasta himself. He needs to realise that his future lies in the Tigers forward pack and not in the backline alongside Benji Marshall.
With Chris Heighington and Gareth Ellis leaving the club, new coach Mick Potter has hinted that a permanent move to the backrow is in Anasta’s future. Potter is high on young halfback Jacob Miller.
“Braith can play halfback, but he can also play five-eighth,” Potter told Sky Sports Radio in late October.
“He’s not unaccustomed to lock either. I want to see how they scrub up in the pre-season and where they fit best for the team.”
Anasta was signed under former mentor coach Tim Sheens who had the former Roosters captain pencilled in for halfback to alleviate pressure on Marshall.
But times change and so do National Rugby League coaches. Anasta has an obligation to his new employers to do everything in his power to be a success wherever he plays.
Meanwhile, another recruit is gunning for a backrow spot at the Tigers. Bodene Thompson has joined the club from the Gold Coast Titans and knows the challenge ahead.
“We have had a few new signings and there are heaps of back-rowers, so there’s going to be plenty of competition for me,” Thompson told weststigers.com.au.
“I look forward to that because I love competition. It brings the best out of blokes. It will bring the best out of all of us and it will be better for the team in the long run.
“That’s what I’m looking for. I want to do the best I can for the team.”