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.

9. Dan Sarginson

The signing of former England international Dan Sarginson from the Wigan Warriors – where he had scored 27 tries in 81 appearances – gave the Gold Coast Titans and their fans hope that this was an additional attacking option the club had been missing out wide.

Unfortunately, the prayers were not answered with the Western Australian managing just six appearances before a shoulder injury ended his first season at the club, and the Titans management agreed to release him from the second year of his contract paving the way for Dan Sarginson to return to Wigan.


GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 29: Dan Sarginson of the Titans is tackled by Dane Gagai of the Knights during the round nine NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Newcastle Knights at Cbus Super Stadium on April 29, 2017 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)


  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.