The Gold Coast Titans are not letting the contract uncertainties surrounding David Fifita and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui affect their bid for a finals spot, according to veteran Kieran Foran. Toby Sexton‘s departure has been confirmed as the 22-year-old halfback was given permission to negotiate with other teams, despite being under contract until 2024. However, Fifita and Fa’asuamaleaui’s futures remain uncertain due to clauses tying them to former coach Justin Holbrook.
It has been reported that the Canberra Raiders and the Dolphins are interested in Fifita, who recently extended his contract until 2026. Meanwhile, the Titans skipper Fa’asuamaleaui met with the Dolphins last year. Despite the uncertain situations, Foran emphasised that the team has not discussed the players’ contracts and it is not their responsibility to do so. He acknowledged the brilliance of Fifita and Fa’asuamaleaui as both players and individuals but emphasised that those matters are for the club to handle.
In a previous interview after the Titans‘ win over the Broncos, Fifita expressed his shock at Holbrook’s termination and his respect for the outgoing coach. He recognised that they can’t control what happens and must move on together as a team. Concerning Sexton’s departure, it provides him with an opportunity to secure an NRL spot after only one appearance in first grade this season.
Sexton’s single appearance came in round six against the Dragons, where he played a pivotal role in the team’s victory. He scored a try and set up another. While his debut for the Bulldogs may be challenging given the team’s recent 66-0 defeat against the Knights, Foran believes Sexton’s experience in handling a 10-game losing streak last year will make him resilient. Foran expressed confidence in Sexton’s work ethic and stated that if he continues to apply himself, he will find success in the NRL.