Badel Warning Broncos star Fifita makes call on his future

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Brisbane Broncos star David Fifita declares his allegiance to the club

Peter Badel, Exclusive, The Courier-Mail
10 minutes ago

Queensland Origin star David Fifita is set to stay loyal to Brisbane and shun a massive offer from this week’s opponents Parramatta in a Broncos coup ahead of tomorrow night’s clash with the Eels. The Courier-Mail can reveal

the Fifita camp has instructed the Broncos to work on a contract extension that will secure the back-row wrecking ball beyond 2020 and stave-off poaching raids from 10 NRL rivals.

The Eels and Warriors have been heavily linked with Fifita, with Parramatta reported to be putting together a four-year, $4 million mega deal to lure Brisbane’s hottest back-row prospect in 20 years to Sydney. But Fifita has told Broncos hierarchy he has no interest in living in New Zealand or leaving Queensland and will agree to an extension if the Broncos table a competitive deal.

David Fifita (centre) during a Broncos training session. Picture: AAP Image/Darren England

David Fifita (centre) during a Broncos training session. Picture: AAP Image/Darren England

The Broncos don’t lose players they want to keep – Matt Lodge, Tevita Pangai Jr and Jake Turpin took less to stay last month – and now Brisbane will ramp-up the Fifita retention mission. Brisbane bosses will kick-off formal talks after the Eels clash, with the club setting aside at least $700,000 in their salary cap for 2021 in the first step towards making Fifita a Bronco for life. The 19-year-old is off-contract at the end of next season, meaning rival clubs can table formal offers from November 1 this year.

David Fifita in action for Kruger Primary in 2012.

David Fifita in action for Kruger Primary in 2012.

A staggering 10 NRL clubs have lodged expressions of interest in Fifita, with some suitors indicating they are prepared to pay almost $1 million annually for the brutal hard-running that catapulted him into the Origin arena this season as a teenager. But the battle for Fifita’s signature has taken a compelling twist. The Broncos have met with Fifita’s mother Gwen, who played a key role in brokering his current NRL contract. Fifita still lives at home and Gwen has informed the Broncos her son has no intention to leave with the parties to commence extension talks from next week. While Fifita could earn more elsewhere, the cheaper cost of living in Brisbane is a factor, as is the Broncos’ network of third-party sponsorships and corporate opportunities for a Queensland Origin young gun.

David Fifita made his Origin debut this year. Picture: AAP Image/Darren England

David Fifita made his Origin debut this year. Picture: AAP Image/Darren England

Fifita’s manager Steve Deacon said it would take an extraordinary offer to prise the 108kg forward sensation from Red Hill.

“I’ve told clubs if you are going to have a crack at Dave, you will have to have a BIG CRACK,” he said.

“They will have to pay a fair bit more to lure Dave away from Brisbane. Clubs will have to go a lot harder. There’s no use being around the same figure as the Broncos. “The Broncos are a good club and Dave is a very level-headed kid. He still lives at home with his family and his family were a big part of the deal last time.

“It’s my job to create and present opportunities for him and at the end of the day it will be Dave’s decision what he wants to do.” Broncos teammate Alex Glenn said he would be stunned if Fifita quit the club. “I’ve never seen a young back-rower like him,” he said. “He and Payne (Haas) are on another level. “He is going to get huge dollars out there and the club will do as much as they can. I wish them well to keep him.”
 
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Dexter

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This squad is starting to get an old Broncos feel with players taking unders to stay and keep a core together. We just have to sort out the Boyd, Bird, Milf, Gillette part of the cap which takes up 3.2mill ( how fucked is that) and we are on our way.
 

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If it's a 700k contract I think that is too much, he is not a Middle forward and doesn't play the full games at present.

Cap management is Crucial.
 

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If it's a 700k contract I think that is too much, he is not a Middle forward and doesn't play the full games at present.

Cap management is Crucial.
He is absolutely worth 700k. Fifita and Haas are once in a generation players and they need to play their entire careers at the Broncos. Forwards are so important in this game and with the platform these guys lay we only need average halves behind them.

After years of having close to the worst forward pack in the comp I am not prepared to lose this pack and if it takes 700k to keep him then it is what it is.
 

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If it's a 700k contract I think that is too much, he is not a Middle forward and doesn't play the full games at present.

Cap management is Crucial.
I think $700k is on the money. Players with his kind of strike power are always worth more. He is a match winner as well as the type of player who creates space either side of him because of the attacking threat he is.
 

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If it's a 700k contract I think that is too much, he is not a Middle forward and doesn't play the full games at present.

Cap management is Crucial.
im sorry but....fucking what...!!!????

Cap management crucial; absolutely....direct your energies towards Brisbane sorting out Boyd etc first thanx...
 

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Boyd - between $700 and $900K depending on who you listen to.
Fifita - for $700K.

Which one is value for money?
I wouldn't pay Boyd $100k I get it, but blowing the bank on Forwards while completely relying on a unproven Halves combo doesn't sound good to me.

And if Dearden or SoS becomes has a Blinder season do we have the flexibility to keep them given the spend on the forwards?

We are still Carrying Gillet on big money and his contract don't end for a long time.

If Fifita can transition to Lock he would be worth it, we also kinda have to play Gillet because of his massive cap spend.

That said if we can get TPA's to pay some of his contract then there is no issue.
 

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I wouldn't pay Boyd $100k I get it, but blowing the bank on Forwards while completely relying on a unproven Halves combo doesn't sound good to me. And if Dearden or SoS becomes has a Blinder season do we have the flexibility to keep them given the spend on the forwards? We are still Carrying Gillet on big money and his contract don't end for a long time. If Fifita can transition to Lock he would be worth it, we also kinda have to play Gillet because of his massive cap spend. That said if we can get TPA's to pay some of his contract then there is no issue.
You're right: we're overly invested in top shelf forwards, none of whom deserve to be punted but are still an indulgence when we're poor in the spine.

We don't want to, but we probably need to offload a couple of the more desirable journeymen who mostly just hit it up and tackle like Flegler, Gillett, Joffa, Glenn and maybe even Lodge, than versatile ball players who can step, offload and menace like Haas, Fifita and TPJ. I'd be inclined not to lose Lodge, though, simply because he might have leadership qualites. I'm not sure about Carrigan. He carries himself like a future captain but he's not exactly winning games for us.

I wonder if we're stuck with Macca whether we might as well relegate him to a bog forward role who's there to just hit it up and tackle what's in front of him. The fucker can play 80 minutes. He's probably better value there. We all like him, but **** let's get him away from passing the ball.
 

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well you could have made the same assertions about Corey Parker when he was Carrigans age...

Fortunately we kept him.....a 1 club legend who was arguably the best middle forward in the game during his last 2 to 3 years at the club...

Id be prepared to wait with Pat.....im thinking in time it will be well worth it...
 

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well you could have made the same assertions about Corey Parker when he was Carrigans age...

Fortunately we kept him.....a 1 club legend who was arguably the best middle forward in the game during his last 2 to 3 years at the club...

Id be prepared to wait with Pat.....im thinking in time it will be well worth it...
True: I never saw that one coming.
 

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This is what I have been saying. Those releases gave a fair amount of coin to us over the next two seasons. Moose was on good coin and Sua was upgraded on good money for two years just last year. Also Roberst would have been on close to 500k you would think. The upgrades are covered and thats the bottom line. We may not have splash cash for big market plays but we have money for the key retentions. The fucking media can take a walk. Not many clubs can buy players like the Roosters do without paying overs. We developed these blokes so we should be able to slowly tick their pay up without breaking the bank. Especially with TPA's.

This is why the media are pushing harder then ever for a new Brisbane team. They see the future thats coming here and its scares them. The fact is I doubt it would work because who is going to support the Bombers for example. The Broncos fan base are not just going to jump to new team for the hell of it and the crowds will likely only be opposition fans and few new team fans. Ticket prices are not cheap enough to just go to the game because there is more footy on unless your invested in the team. Local businesses are not going to just jump on board without any success. The Broncos are such a well run business in their own right a second team will end up dead anyway or just be another Titans like joke. Sydney have not learnt anything about a modern comp. Crowding cities with teams is not the way. More one team cities are. That means the next should be Perth and the Nrl should be investing in local development there heavily. Plus it is a big money town.

Kent and co's obsession with neutering the best run club in the league for no reason makes sense only in agenda addled brains. Aka NSW brains.
 

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This is what I have been saying. Those releases gave a fair amount of coin to us over the next two seasons. Moose was on good coin and Sua was upgraded on good money for two years just last year. Also Roberst would have been on close to 500k you would think. The upgrades are covered and thats the bottom line. We may not have splash cash for big market plays but we have money for the key retentions. The fucking media can take a walk. Not many clubs can buy players like the Roosters do without paying overs. We developed these blokes so we should be able to slowly tick their pay up without breaking the bank. Especially with TPA's.

This is why the media are pushing harder then ever for a new Brisbane team. They see the future thats coming here and its scares them. The fact is I doubt it would work because who is going to support the Bombers for example. The Broncos fan base are not just going to jump to new team for the hell of it and the crowds will likely only be opposition fans and few new team fans. Ticket prices are not cheap enough to just go to the game because there is more footy on unless your invested in the team. Local businesses are not going to just jump on board without any success. The Broncos are such a well run business in their own right a second team will end up dead anyway or just be another Titans like joke. Sydney have not learnt anything about a modern comp. Crowding cities with teams is not the way. More one team cities are. That means the next should be Perth and the Nrl should be investing in local development there heavily. Plus it is a big money town.

Kent and co's obsession with neutering the best run club in the league for no reason makes sense only in agenda addled brains. Aka NSW brains.
Yeah if the Roosters lost those players they would be signing the turbos, Ponga and Damien Cook to fill out their roster.
 

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True: I never saw that one coming.
between you and me...i didnt rate him much at all....for a long time.....kept seeing Dave Taylor and Carlos Webb leave the club and Corey was still there and im like "what the ****....is Corey about to marry WB daughter or something..?"....:eyetwitch:

The ultimate late bloomer.....that was my lesson....its why im prepared to play the long game with Carrigan....
 

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between you and me...i didnt rate him much at all....for a long time.....kept seeing Dave Taylor and Carlos Webb leave the club and Corey was still there and im like "what the ****....is Corey about to marry WB daughter or something..?"....:eyetwitch:

The ultimate late bloomer.....that was my lesson....its why im prepared to play the long game with Carrigan....
Parker has been quality since 2006 IMO. His role changed over the years, he had a bit of a "soft" period during the two Henjak years, but was arguably the best forward in the game over the period of 2011 to 2015.
 

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between you and me...i didnt rate him much at all....for a long time.....kept seeing Dave Taylor and Carlos Webb leave the club and Corey was still there and im like "what the ****....is Corey about to marry WB daughter or something..?"....:eyetwitch:

The ultimate late bloomer.....that was my lesson....its why im prepared to play the long game with Carrigan....
I couldn't believe how young Parker was. Maybe it was the shaved head, but for the first few years I had assumed he was around Berrigan's age. Then one day I was at Suncorp where they announce all the players and show their details and Corey was 22 and had played 80+ games.

Like you, I thought he was the weakest of the Dane Carlaw, Brad Meyers, Carl Webb batch and with Neville Costigan, Tom Learoyd, Sam Thaiday, Greg Eastwood etc. coming through I was never overly impressed until 2010 when he moved into the middle and made that position his own. Before then, he came across more as a good club player in that Aiden Tolman/Jarrod Croker/Luke Douglas sense where they just seem to lack that higher gear.

In hindsight, Parker started putting the pieces together in 2003 when he was moved onto an edge. For years they had tried to make him into a Webcke type player when Parker had a wider skill-set which he was able to showcase more down that left edge.

You can see an example here:


The first time I really noticed how important he was was when he missed the majority of the first half of 2007. The Broncos couldn't do anything right and as soon as he came back, he just set a stronger standard and suddenly the Broncos were able to get into the arm-wrestle.
 

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I couldn't believe how young Parker was. Maybe it was the shaved head, but for the first few years I had assumed he was around Berrigan's age. Then one day I was at Suncorp where they announce all the players and show their details and Corey was 22 and had played 80+ games.

Like you, I thought he was the weakest of the Dane Carlaw, Brad Meyers, Carl Webb batch and with Neville Costigan, Tom Learoyd, Sam Thaiday, Greg Eastwood etc. coming through I was never overly impressed until 2010 when he moved into the middle and made that position his own. Before then, he came across more as a good club player in that Aiden Tolman/Jarrod Croker/Luke Douglas sense where they just seem to lack that higher gear.

In hindsight, Parker started putting the pieces together in 2003 when he was moved onto an edge. For years they had tried to make him into a Webcke type player when Parker had a wider skill-set which he was able to showcase more down that left edge.

You can see an example here:


The first time I really noticed how important he was was when he missed the majority of the first half of 2007. The Broncos couldn't do anything right and as soon as he came back, he just set a stronger standard and suddenly the Broncos were able to get into the arm-wrestle.
Minto is fucking glorious.......... Oh, you were talking about Parker.
 

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