FIFITA CREATES BUZZ AMONG YOUNG STARS
NRL multimillion-dollar man David Fifita has not laced on a boot for the Gold Coast Titans but already his magic has worn off on three Marsden State High School students bound for the club.
Marsden’s Taelon Te-WhiuHopa, Will Semu and EJ Finau can already feel the buzz around the Titans’ training venues following the club’s prized signing of Fifita from the Brisbane Broncos.
“Seeing him go there gives the club some good hype, gets the fans in because he is a big name,’’ said Te-Whiu-Hopa, his eyes alight in anticipation of training with Fifita during the off-season.
Finau added: “Someone like David Fifita coming is good for us boys to look up to and motivates us to train harder.’’
Semu said it was not only the addition of Fifita which was exciting but the addition of fellow forwards Herman Ese’ese and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui for next season.
The trio and a fourth Marsden SHS player, Langer Cup forward Sione Fotuaika, are all under contract to the Titans.
They said the training environment around the club was sky high even before Fifita signed.
“The team culture, everyone is welcoming. It is great,’’ Finau said. “I have been there for two years and it feels like home.”
Te-Whiu-Hopa and Semu agreed. “There has been a lot of improvement,’’ Te-Whiu-Hopa said.
“I have been there since the 13s. It has improved over the years and is better.’’
Semu added: “The junior development is probably the best I have been in so far. ‘’
Gold Coast signing the four Marsden players from league-rich Logan is a win for the club.
While Titans have the likes of Sione’s older brother Moeaki Fotuaika (Logan Brothers junior) and reserve winger Greg Leleisiuao (Woodridge SHS) on their list, Logan City has been open season for just about every other NRL club in the past and Titans recruits have been limited.
Clearly the talent pool is being watched given the addition of TeWhiu-Hopa, Semu, Finau and Fotuaika from Marsden SHS.
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