Broncos star of­fered Gold Coast mega deal

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BRIS­BANE boss Paul White has vowed to fight tooth-and-nail to keep David Fi­fita at the Broncos as a big­money bid­ding war breaks out with the Ti­tans over the Queens­land Ori­gin star.

The Broncos-ti­tans derby tonight at Sun­corp Sta­dium has taken on an explosive edge with Gold Coast launch­ing a $5 mil­lion poach­ing raid for one of Bris­bane’s best back-row tal­ents in 20 years.

The game’s hottest forward prospect, Fi­fita re­mains off-con­tract at sea­son’s end and stands to lose $1.5 mil­lion over the next five years if he shuns the Ti­tans’ mega of­fer and stays loyal to the Broncos.

The Broncos con­cede they can­not af­ford to match the Ti­tans’ $1 mil­lion-a-sea­son of­fer for Fi­fita, but White be­lieves money will not be the Ma­roons hulk’s only con­sid­er­a­tion when he sits down to fi­nalise his fu­ture.

“We are con­fi­dent of keep­ing him, I still main­tain that,” White said.

“David is a won­der­ful young man and we have a terrific re­la­tion­ship with David and his mother Gwen.

“I’ve had them over to my place for din­ner and I have seen their pas­sion for the Broncos.

“Re­cruit­ment is not just a mat­ter of who has the big­gest cheque. If it was, we would lose the ma­jor­ity of our play­ers.

“There are clubs who are pre­pared to of­fer more for Dave. The key is to re­tain them and you want to re­tain them all. Some­times you can’t. Ben Hunt is a great ex­am­ple of that. We had him since he was 12 and some­times you get a knock­out blow. We couldn’t com­pete with the Drag­ons’ of­fer (in 2017) and there was noth­ing we could do.

“There is no doubt Dave is a spe­cial kid. The try he scored against the Cow­boys in round one (a 70m solo try to win the game), that’s the sort of stuff that fills sta­di­ums. Not many play­ers have his ath­leti­cism.

“There is an en­vi­ron­ment in­side our club that sup­ports young play­ers. Dave is not just an ath­lete, we care for him as a per­son and bet­ter peo­ple make for bet­ter play­ers. “That’s our re­spon­si­bil­ity as well.” De­spite the un­cer­tainty, Fi­fita is in no rush to make a de­ci­sion. His deal with the Broncos ex­pires on Oc­to­ber 31 and it will be some months be­fore he makes a fi­nal call.

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