I dont dislike like him as much as i used to. I think he has eased on his Tigers attacks. This bit above i find interesting. Getting a direct insight into behind the scenes stuff on all 3 clubs. No drama for me, its good.
I dont blame him for not liking his time at the Tigers with it starting the way it did. Hard to play good footy when the reasons you went there dont exist anymore, and you feel like the new kid coming in with favourite guys leaving. Under those citcumstances you get paranoid, you qitty what your team mates are thinking. He’s only human.
He said that a couple of months ago about the tigers.
It just feels like the media had a huge break up with the tigers and is bitter and just won’t let it go.
We all know it’s stuff like this that gets readers, but wouldn’t it be great to see an article about all the right things the tigers are doing now?
The facilities and financial situation - I can’t say for certain - look to be well in the process of getting sorted.
It won’t be long before they are all back on the tigers bandwagon. You watch; a climb up the ladder next season and that bit of stability behind them and these stories won’t be around like they are now.
As for Anasta well I’ve never had anything against him, but he could be more considerate about the affect comments can make - and remember he actually works for fox sports / foxtel now.
Also, he comes across as the snitchy pet spying on all the cool kids for teach!
Braith Anasta talks Roosters booze culture, cash-strapped Wests Tigers and Souths snubbings
June 9, 2017 6:00am
by Patrick Stack
Source: FOX SPORTS
BRAITH Anasta lets out a long sigh and buries his head in his hands.
****And the bitter Bunnies, brushed once by Anasta in his prime. Then returning the favour years later.
These are the tales of one of Sydney rugby league’s most polarising, recognisable and enduring figures of the past decade.
THE ONE-MAN BOOZE BUST
Back to Braith, the 288-gamer across three clubs, with the weight of a past world on his shoulders.
We’re talking about the 2010 Roosters side. A team laden with on field talent, off field they could be … wayward.
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Braith Anasta was more than just a player at the Roosters.
Source: News Limited
He and coach Brian Smith had their work cut out trying to control the playing list.
“Brian Smith and I, everyday … I’m in there (Roosters headquarters) every day. I was Dr Phil by the end,” Anasta begins on Fox Sports’ podcast, The Stack Report.
“I’d be driving around to houses and hearing there’s a few blokes on the piss here and there’s a few So begins a series of short stories on the Roosters at their loosest. The Wests Tigers at their most toothless — crippled by a stunningly amateur operation in the modern game.
blokes on the piss there and I’d be out the front scoping like a detective.
“We’re not talking like the day after a game. We’re talking the Thursday ahead of a Saturday game. They’re my mates too and they’re not even inviting me anymore!
Braith Anasta also spoke to The Stack Report about the Bulldogs salary cap dramas, the Coffs Harbour scandal and how he dealt with the tag as the NRL’s most overrated player.
To hear the full interview, click on the player above or subscribe to The Stack Report on iTunes.
“That situation I had to stake out a house and see who was in there without causing a scene.
“We were on an alcohol ban at the time! Behind the scenes you witness some amazing things. I think even an assistant coach was there.”
That story isn’t in reference to Todd Carney, but Anasta is forthcoming when explaining how the tattoo clad playmaker came unstuck again and again.
“You’ve got to pull yourself back and think of the reality and think: ‘What am I doing? Where am I? Why are they here?’
“There’s a million questions you have to ask yourself. You’ve got to learn that lesson and most people do, Toddy (Carney) is one of those guys that it just didn’t click with him in the end.”
<big>As dysfunctional as that might sound it has nothing on Anasta’s experience at the Tigers.</big>
CHAOS AT CONCORD: BYO GATORADE, STRAPPING TAPE
Fed up with the coaching style of Brian Smith he quit the Roosters to join Kangaroos boss and Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens.
“Then before I get there, there are two major plays that turn my frigging life upside down,” Anasta recalls.
“Smithy gets sacked at the Roosters, Robbo (Trent Robinson) comes in, who I love. Sheensy gets sacked from the Tigers and Mick Potter gets brought in.
“I’ve made my decision based on one thing, one thing on both sides of the fence and it all just gets thrown into chaos.
“I rocked up there the first day and I’m thinking … it’s like the first day of school but even worse. I’ve gone ‘oh my god!’
“First day I walk in and we go into a room and Chris Heighington stands up with Beau Ryan and they start crying and go: ‘Sorry guys we’re leaving the club’.
At the Wests Tigers, Anasta struggled with the environment.
Source: News Corp Australia
“Now I’m just sitting there like the new dickhead that’s just signed on. I’ve walked in and their best mates are leaving. I’m sitting there going ‘this is not a good start’.
“I didn’t step foot in the joint (before signing) which is another major regret for me, didn’t even step into the facilities to see what they were like.
“I’m thinking they’ve got the same facilities, I’m thinking ‘it’s a first grade rugby league team, I’m not even questioning that’.
“It’s not a shocking gym, but it’s not like … I just remember thinking ‘wow, this is so far behind the times’. Little things like availability to Gatorade and water.
“You’d only have a certain amount of Gatorade. You’re talking about a team that trains three to four hours a day that has limits to their recovery.
“A few times they didn’t pay the bill for strapping tape. Which is just a necessity. Guys scavenging for tape to try and tape themselves up before a training session.
“This was in 2013, it was bizarre. It was a dark place I don’t know how anyone could be expected to play their best and that showed for a long period of time.
“Pottsy (coach Mick Potter) did as much as he could, even he had his hands tied, because as I said, the joint was a debacle.”
THE BUNNIES: REVENGE SERVED ICE COLD
An interesting subplot was the fact that Anasta nearly joined South Sydney instead of the Tigers only for the deal to be scuttled at the last moment.
Anasta believes that may have happened because he declined to join the Bunnies in 2005, instead picking the Roosters. Administrators in rugby league have long memories.
“This was a heartbreaking decision because my uncle (George Piggins) was the president and he was ringing me, Nick Politis is ringing me, Ricky Stuart is ringing me.
“My uncle is saying ‘please, come to Souths’. And I’m like ‘George, you know I’ll come but I need other players. I can’t go there by myself.’
“I’m not going to change South Sydney. I’m not going to win them a premiership. I need a couple of forwards or another half or an outside back.’
“At the time they were going for Orford and they missed him. Just one other player and I was there.
“Do I go to my club, Souths, my blood, George (Piggins), but risk my whole career? They were going nowhere.
Anasta twice almost ended up at the Rabbitohs.
Source: News Limited
“Everyone goes: ‘He was going to the Roosters for the money.’ I can tell you now, if I went to Souths I would have been set up for my whole life. I actually took a lot less to go to the Roosters. It wasn’t about money, it was about being the best player I could be.
“I could hardly speak to him. He was upset, I was upset. It was really tough you know. I just said ‘mate, I’m not coming.’ It was shocking. That did test our relationship. Mum is his sister, it was tough, really, really tough.”
The tables turned at the end of 2012 as he was looking for a new home after leaving the Roosters.
“I nearly went back there (Souths). No one knows that, I nearly went back a few years later,” Anasta says.
“My manager had said ‘Souths are coming, they could be interested.’ I said ‘I’m leaning towards Souths.’ Then at the last, last, very last second something happened. I would say someone has thought ‘stuff him, he didn’t come to us (when it was tough)’.”
“When I didn’t go to Souths, and you can look back at who was in charge. There were some people there that were very, very, very bitter.
“They’ve probably got a right to be upset. At the time their jobs were on the line, there was a lot of pressure. I didn’t go there, didn’t help because they didn’t have anyone to sign.
“But then all those years later when there was a possibility of me going there and it was all hush, hush, it was all going to be under the radar, at the last, last, last … my manager rings me and goes ‘You’re not gonna believe this, they (Souths) are not there’.”
I mention that Shane Richardson was the Bunnies chief executive at the time. Anasta doesn’t answer, he just laughs.
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Total desperation play by the media here. Our house is getting in order, we’ve signed better replacements than the players we are losing (excluding Tedesco) and the media cannot stand it. So what do they do? They write a story they could have written any time in the last 3 or 4 years. They must have been saving this story for a rainy day. Don’t blame Anasta here, despite the fact he’s clearly scarred for life due to the 2 years he spent here, this is on Fox Sports for trying to draw blood from a stone.
I make no bones about how I feel about Anasta, but after reading that story I’ve actually come around a little about his time here. He was still as useful as a condom with sweatholes but at least we know why he doesn’t reflect on his time here fondly. It’s a pretty sad indictment on the club if it’s all true.
Hopefully we’ve moved on from those days, especially if the centre of excellence ever comes on tap.
I did have a laugh about his possible move to Souths: “I need other players, I can’t go there on my own.” There’s faith in your own ability in action there.
I see parallels between his move from the chooks to the tigers and Woods situation. Be careful what you wish for.
I also draw parallels between a young Anasta and Moses. Both were talked up as being the best thing from day one, attracted fat contracts and delivered bugger all. In Braith’s case you don’t get voted most over rated player in the NRL by your peers on more than one occasion for nothing.
Don’t see him dumping on the Dogs at present