NEWS Broncos beast eyes $700k payday as two rivals clubs circle

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NRL Market Scout: Gun Bronco awaiting $700k payday; legend’s son likely to leave Storm
  • August 14, 2019 5:17am
  • by George Clarke and Simon Brunsdon
  • Source: FOX SPORTS
YOUNG BRONCO’S $700,000 PAYDAY

The Brisbane Broncos will face a fight to stave of rival NRL clubs who are queuing up with an open cheque book to try and entice young gun Queensland Origin forward David Fifita away from Red Hill.

Rated by long-time recruitment guru Peter Mulholland and Fox League commentator Andrew Voss as the best schoolboy talent the duo have seen, Fifita is free to field offers from rival clubs as of November 1.

With the Broncos focussed on retaining Matt Lodge and Tevita Pangai Jr, Brisbane is yet to table an offer to the tearaway forward who forced his way into the Maroons State of Origin set-up this season.

David Fifita is one of Brisbane’s best young talents.

David Fifita is one of Brisbane’s best young talents.Source: Getty Images

While Fifita is a Queenslander at heart who has spent his entire career to date signed with the Broncos, the rookie forward could easily command upwards of $700,000-a-season on the NRL’s open market.

The Eels and Warriors have both indicated an interest in Fifita come November 1.

The Broncos will clearly want to try and retain the Queensland Origin forward, whether Brisbane will be able to compete with the type of numbers other clubs can offer remains to be seen.

LEGEND’S SON COULD LEAVE STORM

Melbourne has a fight on its hands to keep the son of league legend and now Origin coach Kevin Walters.

Billy Walters is off contract and yet to sign a new deal with the Storm, although club football manager Frank Ponissi told foxsports.com.au the club would like to keep the player.

The issue is Walters is stuck behind a number of other spine players in the southern capital.

The Storm see him as a halfback or five-eighth, and he’s fighting for a jumper alongside the likes of Cameron Munster, Jahrome Hughes, and Brodie Croft.

Billy Walters of the Storm in action this season.

Billy Walters of the Storm in action this season.

Walters is now 25 years old and has only played two games in the NRL, making his debut mid-season when his father made a dash to Sydney mid-Origin series to present his jumper.

While Melbourne is prepared to give the playmaker a new contract, the club understands Walters may find a better avenue to NRL football elsewhere and they accept he is negotiating with rival clubs.
 

Aldo

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I think Fifita will stay loyal. He just looks like that sort of bloke. He knows something special is brewing at the Broncs and I read somewhere that he is close with Haas, Carrigan and Flegler....... And no, I do not have any sources.
 

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He HAS to be our next priority (and Staggs). I wouldn't resign anyone else until he does. Not even Fledger. I hope he stays loyal the next 2 years and then we pay what he deserves when boyd and macca piss off.
Haas Lodge TPJ Fifita Carrigan could be our starting pack for a long time.
Really wish Boyd and Macca leave or retire at the end of the yr so we can retain some youngsters
 

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I'd more like to know who thought it was a better idea to prioritise TPJ aver Fifita.
I have more of an issue with us prioritising Ofahengaue over any of them.. He was the first one signed out of the off-contract quartet..

It should've been Lodge --> Fifita --> TPJ --> Ofahengaue

There's a pretty strong argument that EVEN if Glenn & Gillett both disappeared over the off-season, Joe still wouldn't be in our best starting team moving forward.

8. Lodge
10. Haas
11. Fifita
12. Pangai Jr
13. Carrigan

This is quite clearly to me our best forward pack for the next 5 years, if we can pull off a miracle and keep them all together.
 

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I have more of an issue with us prioritising Ofahengaue over any of them.. He was the first one signed out of the off-contract quartet..

It should've been Lodge --> Fifita --> TPJ --> Ofahengaue

There's a pretty strong argument that EVEN if Glenn & Gillett both disappeared over the off-season, Joe still wouldn't be in our best starting team moving forward.

8. Lodge
10. Haas
11. Fifita
12. Pangai Jr
13. Carrigan

This is quite clearly to me our best forward pack for the next 5 years, if we can pull off a miracle and keep them all together.
You never know what you are going to get with Joffa. He was playing really well before his Origin injury, and he was good last year, especially at lock. He seems a bit off it since he came back from his knee injury, but i suppose he is 24 in September, so his best years are still in front of him and his form hasnt been as erratic as TPJ, and he doesnt have the amount of dumb in his game that TPJ does. I agree though, Fifita should be tied up by now ahead of TPJ and Joffa.
 

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If boyd, gillett or macca really loved the club as expressed, this is when they put their hand up for the sake of its future. Hodges, parker et al. could have gone around again but acknowledged the need to keep the squad together.

They better make that decision before teams can start talking to fifita too
 
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If boyd, gillett or macca really loved the club as expressed, this is when they put their hand up for the sake of its future. Hodges, parker et al. could have gone around again but acknowledged the need to keep the squad together.

They better make that decision before teams can start talking to fifita too
Really though, what would it achieve as we would still need to pay them. Apart from Gillett, neither of the other two could retire on medical grounds, and are still under contract. Macca took up his option, and after next year i guess Boyd could not bother taking his, but we are still stuck with their salary even if we dont keep them here.
 

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Well I've literally been saying it since the end of last year, and looks as though my biggest fear will prob be confirmed come Nov 1.
Some may not agree but I wouldn't be re-signing Oates @ 500k, or re-signing Glenn for anything over 300k purely due to the fact we cannot let Fifi walk.
He and Haas for mine are the pick of the bunch, and I'll be super, duper x10000 disappointed if I see him in a different jersey.
The other interesting one is Milf is off contract come end of 2020, meaning clubs can start talking $ come Nov 1 this year. I wouldn't be offering Milf anything over 500k for 2020+.
I have no doubt we can make the $ work to secure Fifi, through the use of Macca & Boyd's contracts (surely we don't re-sign them post 2020) therefore we can use their $ to keep Fifi here, and also possibly Milf's $.
I'm pretty sure Bird is off contract end of 2020 also..
Our salary cap is way out of whack.
 

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maybe Fifitas management have asked for the club to allow Fifita to test his market worth post Nov 1st...??...makes sense.....once Broncos know what he is realistically after and what the market thinks it probably helps shape what Brisbane would offer say Milf end of next season...

Takes 2 to tango...i don't believe this type of request is anything out of the ordinary personally...does explain the delay also...
 

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I have more of an issue with us prioritising Ofahengaue over any of them.. He was the first one signed out of the off-contract quartet..

It should've been Lodge --> Fifita --> TPJ --> Ofahengaue

There's a pretty strong argument that EVEN if Glenn & Gillett both disappeared over the off-season, Joe still wouldn't be in our best starting team moving forward.

8. Lodge
10. Haas
11. Fifita
12. Pangai Jr
13. Carrigan

This is quite clearly to me our best forward pack for the next 5 years, if we can pull off a miracle and keep them all together.
Just as an amendment to this comment, I'm aware that Joe has been going through some rough shit off the field over the last 12 months, there's a reasonable chance that's been affecting his game, perhaps he'll come out next season refreshed physically & mentally and tear it up. I hope so.
 
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We all knew this speculation was coming from the media. Can't wait for the "looks likely", "strongly considering", etc articles non-stop until he inevitably re-signs with us. Then it's on to Staggs. Chances are it's nowhere near 700,000. The good thing is we have a lot of players off contract over the next year so we should be able to manage it.
I think we will lose one of flegler or Staggs though. Salary cap working again!
 

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