BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 28: David Fifita of the Broncos takes on the defence during the round 3 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium at Suncorp Stadium on March 28, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Brisbane’s David Fifita is weighing up his future as rival clubs prepare massive offers to poach him away from the club.

Off-contract at the end of next season, he will have to decide between his loyalty to the Broncos or a big-money contract.

The 19-year old has reportedly been tabled a $1 million-a-season offer from the Warriors, while Parramatta are also expected to be in the mix.

The Broncos will begin extension talks with Fifita next month when they get a better idea of their salary cap situation for 2020.

But after handing out big deals to Matt Lodge and Tevita Pangai Jr, Brisbane will be unable to compete with the big offers that come Fifita’s way.

“I’m pretty confident Dave will stay here,” Lodge told The Courier Mail.

“If he doesn’t I’ll be off him,” he joked.

“I think all of us could have got bigger money elsewhere but money isn’t everything in this game.

“Dave has to do the right thing for him but when he weighs it up, the Broncos are a good place for him and I hope he likes us as a group and wants to stay.”

Fifita’s preference is to remain at Red Hill, but the club would need to table a deal worth $700,000 a season to be competitive.

Teammate Corey Oates was also hopeful of seeing Fifita recommit.

“You always take less to stay at the Broncos,” he said.

“I was close to leaving four or five years ago. I got a pretty big offer from Manly at the time but I declined that. I just felt I wasn’t ready to take all the cash and go to Sydney at such a young age.

“Dave will have a lot of money thrown at him but hopefully he makes the right decision.”

7 COMMENTS

  1. I think the Broncos will find a way to keep him – he is their best forward behind Haas and potentially due to his skill set be a better player, just needs to be consistent

  2. As a Warriors supporter and someone who likes David Fifita I think 1 mil for him is way to much of an overlay. He’s worth about 400k but because he’s young and got potential and we have to pay overs for him I would’ve expect an offer of about 750k but a mil is way to much. If I were Fifita I wouldn’t even hesitate to sign for that much. All he has to do is move over here and hang around for about 4 years until he’s 23 and about to enter his prime and then move back to Aussie with 4 mil in the bank

  3. inferno24 the way it appears to work at the roosters is he can sign up for around $400k plus around $800k a year in 3rd party payments unaffected by the salary cap restrictions.
    He should ask Tedesco how he does it now after what was uncovered with his previous manager and his 3rd party contract that made NRL headlines last week.

  4. Spot on TwentyOne. They’re pretty clever with it though. Make it a third party deal through the player manager. When you’re caught out, nothing to see here at the at the Nuggets everyone! They probably offer the player manager a nice bag of cash to set up the deal.
    Just a thought. If every club offered the players Brisbane wanted to keep way too much to leave the club. It would make the Broncos have to overspend to keep them all. Of course they may make special arrangements through the player managers , to hide the overpayments?

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