Cowboys chasing hard for Anasta

With Jonathon Thurston has the only recognised in-form half at the Cowboys, the North Queensland side are believed to be pushing hard to get a deal through for Roosters lock Braith Anasta.

Peter Jourdain, who is the Chief Executive Officer at the Cowboys, confirmed yesterday that the Cowboys have in fact expressed their interest, and have formally written to the Roosters as they seek permission to talk to the Roosters star.

Greg Willett, Anasta’s manager is believed to be eager to discuss a possible move to the Cowboys for his client, but given that Anasta is still contracted to the Roosters for season 2011, he is unable to discuss a possible move unless the Roosters agree to discussions taking place.

As a result, a formal letter requesting permission to begin talks with the Roosters has been sent by Jourdain as they seek to add to their already strong recruitment drive.

“His manager has approached us,” Jourdain said.

“We’re not allowed to talk to him or make any offers because under the rules of the NRL you need written permission.

“I have made a written request to see if we can talk but until we get that permission we can’t do anything because he’s contracted.”

With the Cowboys firmly etched in attempting to get Anasta at their club, it’s bound to set up perhaps one of the most deadly halves combinations in the NRL with Anasta, a former NSW and Australia five-eighth with the current incumbent QLD and Australia halfback, Jonathon Thurston.

“He is someone we are interested in because of what he does on the field as well as off the field,” Jourdain said.

“But we don’t even know if the Roosters want to release him or not.

“Until we hear back, we can’t do anything.”

Further developments are unlikely to come early in the week, with club CEO’s attending the annual NRL conference from today.

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