Sydney Roosters coach Ricky Stuart has hit back at speculation the club is looking to dump halfback Brett Finch.
Rumours have been circulating that the Roosters, who are set to miss the finals for the first time in a decade, are willing to talk about the future of Finch and several other stars who are still under contract.
But Stuart and Finch's manager Steve Gillis have both dismissed the claims, which have reportedly been made by the manager of another player.
\"There is absolutely no truth to that,\" Stuart told The Daily Telegraph. \"We won't obtain results by looking for scapegoats. We have to make the team better and make individuals better.\"
\"That goes for Brett Finch and a number of players. I put pressure on Brett Finch to perform because we are striving for excellence. Brett Finch as a footballer is competitive and he is the type of player I enjoy having in the team.\"
\"Myself and Brett know there is plenty of improvement in him and the team. We will find it. Rumours like this are very easy to find and spread. We are sticking together.\"
\"I've heard the rumour about Brett and have spoken to the coach and chairman [Nick Politis],\" Gillis said. \"There is no chance of them letting him go.\"
\"I understand there is another player agent shopping around a halfback who is currently at another club. That club is in the running for the final eight,\" Gillis added when asked if he knew where the rumour came from.
Think it's Monaghan and Banaghan? Sounds like it :/
If it is, what do you guys think of the whole "shopping around a halfback" bit? If Monaghan wants to leave, he should probably just come out and say it, cause these rumours are getting quite frustating. If not, and Banaghan is just being a douche :naughty: