Braith Anasta has played his last game after the Wests Tigers veteran announced his immediate retirement from the NRL.
Anasta ends his 15-year career with 288 top-grade games since making his debut for Canterbury in 2000. The 32-year-old spent the bulk of his career playing at five-eighth but also played a large chunk of games at lock. He won a premiership with the Bulldogs in 2004 and played four Tests for Australia after his first full season of first grade in 2001.
Anasta represented NSW on 10 occasions and captained the Roosters to a 2010 grand final loss to St George Illawarra. One of his best individual moments came when he snapped a 35-metre field on the final play of the game in a semi-final against the Tigers to force the match into golden point in 2010.
Anasta has the rare acclaim of playing 100 top-grade games for two different clubs. The South Sydney junior underwent surgery on a biceps injury in July with the injury forcing him to call time on his career. He featured in 13 games for the Tigers this season with his final appearance in round 17 against the Panthers. He leaves the Tigers - the club he joined last year - in capable hands with a host of halves including Luke Brooks, Mitchell Moses and Blake Austin to battle out for long-term spots.
Anasta scored 88 tries and kicked 122 goals throughout his career. He also captained Greece last year and won the 2010 Dally M captain of the year award. It is likely Anasta will look for more work in the media.
He is the third veteran to announce his retirement recently joining the likes of Roosters fullback Anthony Minichiello and Sharks hooker John Morris to exit the game.
It also comes after Tigers foward Liam Fulton was forced to call it quits earlier than he wanted after repeated concussions.
- Sydney Morning Herald
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