As the Broncos battle to gain a foothold in this year’s competition and rumours about coach Anthony Seibold’s future continue to swirl, the club is still confident it will re-sign in demand injured forward David Fifita.
Fifita’s future at the Broncos has been a source of uncertainty and has dominated the headlines after reports the Gold Coast were offering a $5 million deal for the off-contract back-rower.
Former Broncos captain Gorden Tallis has been an outspoken Broncos critic of late and and said he hopes Fifita leaves the club to be the “big dog” at the club’s Queensland rivals. While the Titans are seen as the main contender for Fifita’s services, the Roosters have also been mentioned as a possible landing spot.
However, the Broncos are still in with a solid shot to keep the local junior but more likely on a short-term deal, according to The Courier Mail.
The 20-year-old is scheduled to return from a knee injury in the next few weeks and the report states Brisbane is in the box seat to keep the star, despite going down to the Titans in a convincing loss on the weekend.
The Broncos have reportedly countered the five-year deal on offer from the Titans by tabling a one-year deal.
The logic behind the shorter proposal is that it would enable the club and Fifita to discuss a longer agreement next year after the star’s management issues are resolved.
It’s understood Fifita’s deal with current player agent Steve Deacon expires in December.
Due to complications with his relationship with Deacon, Fifita is unlikely to commit to a long-term deal.
Seibold reacts to $5m offer for Fifita
That would buy some time for the Broncos and give them a chance to table a bigger offer down the road, with salary cap issues out of the way.
It may also be a bonus for Fifita because he could assess the future of the Broncos and Titans next season before making a call on his next contract.
Last week Broncos coach Anthony Seibold admitted the club was not in a position to offer Fifita that sort of money the Titans were prepared to offer.
“He won’t be able to get that sort of money at the Broncos but we are desperate to keep David,” he said.
“Would a young bloke be interested in that sort of money for that length of deal? Of course they would.
“If that has been offered to him and he is thinking about that, then I can certainly see why.