AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 02: Chris Grevsmuhl of the Titans awaits on the sideline to enter the game during the round five NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Gold Coast Titans at Mt Smart Stadium on April 2, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Throughout the history of Rugby League there are is a history of dud recruiting from every club.

The Gold Coast Titans recently recruited David Fifita from the Brisbane Broncos on a $3.5M three-year-deal, who now faces pressure to live up to the hype of his price tag.

We've taken a look at the top 10 signings for the Gold Coast Titans that, at least in the eyes of fans, failed to provide the club with return on investment.

So strap yourself in as we count down the top 10 dud signings in the history of the Gold Coast Titans.


10. Leva Li

In 2015 former Wests Tigers and Parramatta Eels NYC player Leva Li was signed to a one-year contract with the Gold Coast Titans after trialling with Queensland Cup side the Tweed Heads Seagulls.

In round 23 of that Year Li made his debut for the club against the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs before spending the entire 2016 season contracted with the Titans yet playing the season with the Tweed Heads Seagulls.

He was released after playing one game.



  1. I kept looking for two particular names on your list of dud buys by the Gold Coast.
    Number two dud buy was: Leilani Latu . A star forward at Penrith, permanent first grader there. Number one dud buy was: Bryce Cartwright. Star first grader at Penrith in the forwards , or at 5/8th.
    Both failed miserably at the Gold Coast.
    So sorry THEPEOPLESDUDE. You’re just wrong.

  2. I think Bryce was left out as a past dud signing because the signing of Bryce by Parra will eclipse all dud signings in the history of footy.

  3. This article easily makes the “Top 10 Dud Zero Tackle Articles”.

    No mention of Leilani Latu? Jarryd Hayne? Bryce Cartwright? Shannon Boyd? All signed on big money, all failed to deliver, all dud signings.

    Poor form from THEPEOPLESDUDE, back to the drawing board and watch some more footy.

  4. Bat Eater – the difference with Parra signing Bryce is they are signing him on a minimum wage (or close to) contract of something around $100K as opposed to the $500K that the Titans signed him on.
    There is a fairly decent gap in a clubs expectations of a player on $100K compared to one on $500K.

  5. Yes Beastie.
    Main reason I had Latu at 2 & Bryce Cartwright at 1, as the Gold Coasts worst buys. I think Latu was on at least $400,000 a season & Cartwright $700,000 a season, at the Gold Coast.
    Amazing that the club just got rid of both players, without being stuck with paying them money out of future salary caps. Unbelievable really! I think brown paper bags were handed over by the Gold Coast sponsors.

  6. No mention of Leilani Latu? Jarryd Hayne? Bryce Cartwright? Shannon Boyd? All signed on big money, all failed to deliver, all dud signings.

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