The Canberra Raiders have wasted no time in their pursuit of David Fifita, launching a bid to secure the talented forward’s signature. News broke that Fifita and his teammate Tino Fa’asuamaleaui were essentially free agents following Justin Holbrook‘s sacking as Titans coach. It was revealed that both players had contract clauses that tied their futures to Holbrook’s, making them free to explore other options. The Titans executed a shrewd move by keeping the news under wraps until the official announcement. However, this development has opened the door for the Raiders to make another attempt at luring Fifita to Canberra.
Earlier this year, the Raiders made a lucrative offer to Fifita, proposing a three-year, $900,000 per year deal. Despite their efforts, Fifita opted to extend his contract with the Gold Coast Titans until 2026. Nevertheless, the Raiders are not deterred and are reportedly prepared to make an improved offer of a four-year, $1 million per season contract. Raiders coach Ricky Stuart expressed his eagerness to secure Fifita’s services, hailing him as a tremendous player who would be an ideal fit for the club.
Adding Fifita to the Raiders‘ forward pack would provide a significant boost as they search for a new marquee player to fill the void left by Jack Wighton‘s departure to the Rabbitohs. Reports suggest that both Fifita and Fa’asuamaleaui were unhappy with Holbrook’s dismissal, particularly due to the lack of consultation with the leadership group. In light of these circumstances, the players have requested discussions with Titans officials after the State of Origin series. Additionally, Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga has been asked to offer guidance to the players during this uncertain period.
Should the Titans lose either or both of Fifita and Fa’asuamaleaui, it would undoubtedly be a blow to the team’s premiership hopes as they prepare for Des Hasler‘s arrival as head coach in 2024. The Raiders, on the other hand, see this as an opportunity to bolster their squad and reinforce their ambitions for success. Only time will tell whether Fifita will be swayed by the Raiders‘ latest offer and make the move to the nation’s capital.