BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 16: David Fifita of the Broncos takes on the defence during the round 22 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Penrith Panthers at Suncorp Stadium on August 16, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Gold Coast Culture boss Mal Meninga has noted David Fifita’s name as one of the key targets the Titans will likely chase this off-season.

The Kangaroos coach has spent two weeks with the off-contract Bronco who was within the Australian camp for their World Cup 9’s and Junior Kangaroos squad.

The 19-year-old suffered a broken eye socket, ruling him out of a chance to play a senior test against Tonga.

Meninga has publicly revealed that the Titans will be after a number of big-name targets in the off-season as the club looks to move from the bottom of the ladder, and Fifita is a leading name on their list.

“We’ve got to be in the market for players like that,” Meninga told The Gold Coast Bulletin. 

“But we’ve got to get ourselves in a position to realistically have a crack at him and players of his ilk.

“We’ve got a lot of cap management to go through. We’ve got to be patient, back our nerve, trust the market and see what happens.

“There is no doubt he’d be a player of great influence on the club.

“I’ve worked with him the last few weeks and he’s an extraordinary talent for someone so young. His better years are in front of us.

“If we can get ourselves into a position, from a cap point of view, to ask the question then why not?”

However, the Titans may struggle to lure Fifita down to the coast as the bullish Brisbane star is expected to cost over $1 million per season.

9 COMMENTS

  1. If the GC dump a million on Fifita, all this talk of fixing themselves up is absolutely nonsense. No team should be buying a player for a million dollars unless their name is Cameron Smith or James Tedesco. They are the only two players with the amount of influence that could possible warrant such money. Fifita was solid for most of the season and in my opinion, ran through some pretty ragged (poor) defence in the last few games which completely over inflated his value.

  2. Yes not a smart move. Awesome player. Would love him in my team. The good teams with good recruitment structures don’t need to buy into these auctions.
    But maybe it would be good for the GC. I hope so. I am sure Mals’s influence might help get him there.

  3. Wants to link up with Wayne Bennett who he said is responsible for his progress as a player.
    Latrell and David to Souths.

  4. On the list of players to leave, the Gold Coast only have five minor players listed.
    Meninga recently did a full player review there.. He said that the club had a lot of players there that were on high cost contracts. That they probably wouldn’t be able to move a lot of them on. As no other club would be willing to pay the same amounts for them. Then because of this, the club would not be able to afford to buy any high cost players this off season. Maybe one or two cheaper players, if they move a few players on.
    That’s what they’ve done.
    So what are they using to buy the ‘ Big Name Targets ‘ with? It wouldn’t appear that from the clubs own review that they can buy any big name players for 2020.

  5. Souths have won 6 more premierships than easts

    Souths have beaten easts in 3 finals to 2

    Souths beats easts in the first final in 1908

    Souths have more members than easts

    Souths have won 21 premierships

    Easts have won 15 premierships

    Easts are “forever in our 21 premierships shadow…

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