Another court case is heading Canterbury’s way, with Andrew Fifita set to sue the Bulldogs for $3.2 million over a contract offer made in 2014.
Similar to Hasler’s current action against Canterbury, Fifita will claim that the document that was drawn up and signed by the Bulldogs officials, was in fact, a binding agreement.
The Bulldogs announced Fifita’s signing in 2014, on a lucrative four-year contract. The deal was backflipped only days later, as both parties had “not been able to agree on the final terms of his NRL playing contract’’.
Ian Denham, Fifita’s lawyer said: “We’re disappointed with the way the Bulldogs have responded to our efforts to resolve Andrew’s claim. So it looks like we’ll have to go to the next level and start court proceedings.
“I don’t know much about Mr Hasler’s case, and maybe there are some parallels with that case and Andrew’s, but the court won’t be all that interested in those similarities, and nor are we.
“We have a good case to put together and will definitely be doing that. As I said, it’s a pity we’ve been put in a position of having to litigate, but we’re definitely heading in that direction.”
Fifita’s advisor, Greg Willett, will ultimately claim that the Bulldogs asked for the destruction of the document.
“Then they sent us a contract which didn’t reflect the document they signed,” Willett said.
“They asked his [Fifita’s] agent Ben Johnston to rip up the document and said they’d make things up to us.
“You may not remember, but Andrew went through a really bad time after that. His mental health took a bad turn and it was this that tipped him over the edge.”