Broncos star offered Gold Coast mega deal
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.