The Gold Coast Titans have landed the biggest recruitment raid in the club’s history with Brisbane Broncos’ David Fifita agreeing to terms on a multi-million dollar, three-year Titans deal.
Fifita has brought one of the more protracted signing sagas in recent times to a close, by plumping for the Broncos’ southern rivals from 2021.
The deal is set to be worth a record $3.5 million over three years.
Titans head of culture Mal Meninga confirmed Fifita would be Gold Coast-bound on Saturday afternoon, while it’s understood that he told Broncos teammates earlier in the day that he would be leaving Red Hill at the end of 2020.
Both the Titans and Broncos have also confirmed the move.
“It’s a great signing for the club,” Meninga said on Fox League.
“With all humility and respect I think the Fifita family has handled it really well, Dave and his mum Gwen and all their family have handled tough circumstances. It’s been played out in the media, hasn’t it? But it’s a great acquisition for the club going forward.”
For the Titans though, Fifita’s signing is one of the biggest in the club’s 13-year history, and an emphatic endorsement of the turnaround beginning to take shape under rookie coach Justin Holbrook.
By the same token, his exit from Red Hill is a hammer blow for Brisbane and comes after another thumping on the field, Melbourne 46-8 thrashing on Friday night.