Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
David Fifita has been free to negotiate with rival clubs since November last year and since then has been in talks with the Canberra Raiders about a move in 2024.
The second rower joined the Gold Coast Titans in 2021 on a multi-million dollar deal that has not worked out with Fifita’s form not consistently up to standard.
For months now Fifita has been in talks with the Raiders with little word on whether or not the Titans are looking to keep the Queensland State of Origin representative at the club.
It seems the Titans are preparing for life without Fifita as they already signed his replacement in Brisbane Broncos forward Keenan Palasia.
Canberra’s pursuit of the 22-year-old has now also got the backing of a club legend as in an interview with Fox Sports reporter James Hooper Glenn Lazarus encouraged Fifita to join the Green Machine.
“David’s a very talented rugby league player, I’d have him in my side every day of the week,” said Lazarus.
“We’ve seen glimpses over the years with some of the tries he’s scored and some of the highlight reel moments he’s been a part of he’s got enormous talent.
“The move to the Titans and the stigma that goes with being the marquee man on the big money it just hasn’t worked.
“But sometimes it takes time and sometimes players need a change of environment to challenge themselves and reach their potential.
“That’s where I think a move to Canberra and a complete change would really suit David.
“If he really wants to challenge himself, get out of his comfort zone and become a better player by being surrounded by some other great mentors then I think joining the Raiders is the best choice he can make.”
Ricky Stuart has also made comments about the Raiders links with Fifita where he confirmed that the club is indeed in active negotiations with the Tongan International and that if need be they will give him space to contemplate his future.
Canberra also has an NRLW side taking the field for the first time in 2023 so Fifita’s partner and New South Wales State of Origin representative Shaylee Bent may also be on the club’s radar.
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