Minichiello says Roosters captaincy can wait

Last updated 17:59 30/07/2012

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Veteran Sydney Roosters fullback Anthony Minichiello says he'd be honoured to become the NRL club's captain - but not until Braith Anasta leaves at season's end.

Coach Brian Smith suggested last week he might experiment with a new leader for the remainder of the 2012 campaign to prepare for life without Anasta, who is heading to Wests Tigers.

Teammates Mitchell Pearce and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves were in no doubt who should eventually take over.

''He captained us a few weeks ago and he did a pretty good job,'' New Zealand international Waerea-Hargreaves said of Minichiello's leadership qualities.

But the 32-year-old says finishing the Roosters' disappointing 2012 campaign in as good a fashion as possible is his main aim.

''I'd love to be captain of this club but my focus right at this moment is getting prepared right for Friday night's game and winning as many games as we can before the season finishes,'' Minichiello told reporters.

The Roosters sit 14th on the ladder after last weekend's loss to Gold Coast and are preparing for their second straight season without finals football.

Minichiello says ending the year on a high note should be the club's focus, not sorting out Anasta's successor.

''We haven't spoken about that at all,'' he said.

''He's (Anasta) been the captain for the last few years now and he's done a great job.'

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