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    Someone a few weeks back said to me that it was strange that The Broncos have not come out and said that Fafita has stayed with them. I didn’t think much of it thinking I missed the announcement but maybe now they could be a reason why. The Titans May have asked for time to put together a deal that at least get David to the table. Now Titans have asked for the meeting indicates that a deal that may meet Fifitas list of demands and now Titans just have to sell it to him. Interesting read in the CM from him on the weekend saying that when the Broncos got him out of the situation in Bali his response was roughly that it was people’s jobs to do what they did and was pretty clinical in his response which if you were Broncos HQ or a member you wouldn’t like how it read. Having TBoyd and Tino here next year is a help but how much help we will soon see.

    On that note with a lot of the salary cap off contract at the end of the year there maybe a few blokes having to take below what they are currently on to stay IF we sign Fifita. James and Taylor have said they want to stay and realize that they won’t get the money they are on now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hangingon View Post
    I'd be shocked if he left Brisbane, but I have a tiny bit of hope because he went to school here, is good mates with Tino and Tanah, and hopefully Mal can have a big influence on him.

    The Titans have formally expressed interest in David Fifita and requested a face-to-face meeting as Gold Coast culture chief Mal Meninga sparks a derby bidding war for the off-contract Bronco.

    The Courier-Mail can reveal Titans hierarchy have officially entered the race for Fifita’s signature with the Gold Coast possessing a $3.2 million war chest in a bid to steal the Broncos young gun from their Queensland rivals.

    Fifita’s retention at the Broncos was considered a fait accompli, especially after Sydney clubs recently aborted their pursuit, but the Queensland State of Origin star has revealed he isn’t sure if he will be at Red Hill in 2021.

    That has opened the door for the Titans, who pose the greatest threat to the Broncos given their geographical location, which would allow Fifita to remain in his family home in Brisbane even if he played for the Gold Coast.

    While Meninga last year lauded Fifita’s talent, the Titans never made a formal play as Sydney clubs led a $1 million charge for his signature.

    That has now changed, with Fifita’s manager Steve Deacon fielding a call from Titans bosses seeking a formal meeting with the forward.

    Brisbane are firmly in the box seat to retain Fifita, and they are still highly confident of keeping him, but if the issue solely came down to money, the Titans could outbid them.

    The Broncos’ salary cap constraints this season mean Brisbane are likely to offer Fifita a one or two-year deal with a view to offering him a more lucrative mega contract as he approaches his mid-20s.

    The Titans can table a huge package immediately.

    It is believed Meninga has the salary-cap room to offer a four-year deal worth up to $800,000 a season – a $3.2 million bonanza.

    The 107kg player, who will celebrate his 20th birthday on Tuesday, has ties to the Gold Coast.

    Fifita attended the prestigious Keebra Park High and has several close friends at the Titans, including Tanah Boyd and forward Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, with whom he played in Queensland junior representative teams.

    Fa’asuamaleaui will link with the Titans next year when he completes his commitments to the Storm and he has already phoned Fifita spruiking the merits of joining him on the Gold Coast

    Titans culture boss Meninga secured Fa’asuamaleaui’s signature after seeing the Storm player in Gympie over Christmas and now the rugby league Immortal wants to meet with Fifita to pitch his vision for the club.

    Meninga has a huge opinion of Fifita, handing the Broncos backrower his maiden Australian jersey for last year’s World Nines at Sydney’s Bankwest Stadium.

    Fifita’s comments that he is in no rush to sign with Brisbane will no doubt fuel the Titans’ desire to strike while the forward is vacillating over his next move.

    “I’m not too sure what I’m going to do to be honest,” he said.

    “I’m happy at the Broncos.

    “(But) It’s a business at the end of the day … you know how it works.”

    Queensland Origin lock great Billy Moore said the Broncos could not afford to lose Fifita.

    “He’s a once-in-a-generation forward,” Moore said.

    “I’m sure Fifita could earn more on the open market so it’s up to the Broncos to put forward a competitive offer which I’m sure they will.”
    Knowing the donkeys brown paper bag tactics I think he stays but god damn he is worth every dollar. Offer him a huge contract!! get it done Mal! At 19 years of age he will be worth every cent. Potential to be one of the great forwards of the game!!!! plus a signing like that sends a message we are turning it around. Good to hear players talking the club up with each other

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    Each one Arrow, Tino and Fifito (misspelt on purpose) have their own characteristics and all three would complete a wonderful back row with Wallo and MoFo upfront so I would take any combination of them. I think the youth policy works for us a lot better than ageing hacks and just watching all those young blokes running around brings so much more hope than some of the plodders in the past. I have to say that although I don't hold great stock in Proctor, Boyd and to a lesser extent Cartwright who has shown a bit, I feel that those guys look a lot more interested this year ... here's hoping.
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    My concern with a young pack is we have no depth or experience. Injuries could be our downfall.

    Hopefully we can offload S Boyd a year early next year to help the cap out a little bit more

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    JB, I've thought about that a lot and I think that as long as you have a good mentor on the sidelines like a Dymock then onfield quickly turns into a battle of skills and strategies rather than experience. I know it's handy to have a hardhead or two around but with the sanitising of the game the need to have protectors has largely disappeared. Wallace could provide the nouse up front and those young guys have big egos.
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    Looking at it from fafitas perspective I wouldn't be rushing to sign with us. I would wait and see how the team performs under Holbrook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dooldog76 View Post
    Looking at it from fafitas perspective I wouldn't be rushing to sign with us. I would wait and see how the team performs under Holbrook.
    That is what I think he might think as well. Also he may also see how the Donkies are going .
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    Theres a quote from Jarrod Wallace today in an article about signing Fifita, which I think is really telling of what the players thought of Garth :https://thefootycorner.com/2020/02/2...8-Y8Y6qgXXvS2w

    If you’re going to try and sell our club to anyone now it’s literally about scrapping the last two years,” he said.

    “What Justin is trying to do here is build a new culture and a happy culture.

    “A lot of guys weren’t happy in the last two years. That obviously showed on the field.

    Everyone is loving being here now. Everyone wants to be here and train hard and work hard for each other. It’s exciting for us to see where we can take it. Justin is doing a great job with everyone. He is getting the best out of everyone.


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