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Out west, Penrith Panthers general manager Mick Leary has confirmed second rower Frank Pritchard, fullback Rhys Wesser and lock Trent Waterhouse are staying at the club.
The trio were believed to be on their way out of the Panthers, but Leary called a meeting with the whole team this morning to ease concerns over their playing futures.
Last week the Panthers offered co-captains Luke Priddis and Tony Puletua releases, while halves Craig Gower and Terry Wallace plus prop Joel Clinton have already signed elsewhere for 2008.
A little further east, Parramatta fullback Luke Burt is hopeful of playing a part in the Eels' finals campaign after being ruled out for eight weeks with a knee injury.
Burt dislocated his kneecap in a sickening fall in Parramatta's Monday night loss to Newcastle and also suffered medial ligament damage. He will undergo an arthroscope later this week, but has already been told by club doctors he'll be sidelined for between six to eight weeks.
Burt's injury could not have come at a worse time as he believes he was in his career best form and is the leading point-scorer in the NRL.
Moving out to Bondi now, and new Sydney Roosters coach Brad Fittler is under no pressure to produce results between now and the end of the season.
Roosters chief executive Brian Canavan says it is unfair to expect the team to suddenly start winning, considering they've won only five of 16 games this year and sit second last on the table.
Canavan says the Roosters were fortunate to be able to call on someone of Fittler's calibre after Chris Anderson's shock resignation on Monday night and it was up to the players, not the coach, to turn the season around.
Canavan says there are a lot of things to be looked at when considering Fittler as the long-term coach but results are not high on the agenda.