He has fought with them, seen a generation of players leave the club, as well as one start at the club – but now, the curtain will be closing on Anthony Minichello’s career with the Sydney Roosters – after the club made the decision to not re-sign the veteran fullback, beyond season 2012.
Minichello, who is off-contract at the end of 2012, says that despite the Roosters deciding to let him go, he still wants to play on in some capacity – either in the NRL, the ESL, or French Rugby Union.
The man they call Mini, will go down as one of the Roosters greats, having played in 227 games for the club, as well as 18 tests for his country, and 11 games for his state.
“I am keeping my options open,” Minichiello said.
“Ideally I would like to stay with the Roosters but I will see what offers come in and see who is interested. No doubt I want to play on. The body feels great.
“With the limited games I played (through injury) I feel I can extend my career. I’m not going to retire. I will make my own decision.”