EXCLUSIVE: Out-of-form Broncos cant match David Fifita offers, Darren Lockyer says – Wide World of Sports

The Broncos cant match mega deals for weapon forward David Fifita and the teams poor form is not assisting retention efforts, Darren Lockyer admits.Brisbane is yet to re-sign Fifita, whose present deal ends at the end of this season. Just 20 and having already played State of Origin for Queensland, the back-rowers market worth sits at about $1 million per season.The Gold Coast Titans have apparently simply tabled a $5 million, five-year contract for Fifita, with club official and rugby league Immortal Mal Meninga prepared to extend the deal to 10 years, Jason Taumalolo-style. The club were favoured to keep their young superstar but that status is unexpectedly looking shaky.With Brisbane relying on Fifita to accept far less than his full value, the teams present misfires under besieged coach Anthony Seibold are hazardous, Lockyer says.Broncos forward David Fifita. The Broncos are currently fighting, Fifita is part of an exceptionally appealing young forward pack; while the Titans are running last, coming off last years wood spoon and will lose their best player, Queensland Origin forward Jai Arrow, after this season to South Sydney.A raft of other clubs also want Fifita; the Roosters, Eels, Bulldogs and Warriors have all been connected with big-money offers.

The Broncos cant match mega deals for gun forward David Fifita and the groups bad kind is not assisting retention efforts, Darren Lockyer admits.Brisbane is yet to re-sign Fifita, whose current offer expires at the end of this season. Just 20 and having already played State of Origin for Queensland, the back-rowers market worth sits at about $1 million per season.The Gold Coast Titans have apparently just tabled a $5 million, five-year contract for Fifita, with club authorities and rugby league Immortal Mal Meninga prepared to extend the deal to 10 years, Jason Taumalolo-style. The Courier Mail reports that Brisbane have just $700,000 per season offered for Fifita, meaning that he would sacrifice $1.5 million over the next 5 years to stick with the Broncos. The club were favoured to retain their young superstar however that status is suddenly looking shaky.With Brisbane relying on Fifita to accept far less than his full value, the groups current misfires under besieged coach Anthony Seibold are hazardous, Lockyer says.Broncos forward David Fifita. (Getty)”It does not help if youre not performing on the field, that you can recruit players for less cash than what they would get elsewhere,” Lockyer stated on QLDER.”The thing with David Fifita is, hes going to get offered a lot more money from other clubs that have actually got the money in their cap to buy such a skill.”If the Broncos are not winning on the field and theres not a great feeling among the group, well that certainly does not help.”Brisbane face the Gold Coast on Saturday night, with the Fifita agreement bombshell putting extra analysis on the match. Although the Broncos are presently battling, Fifita is part of an extremely appealing young forward pack; while the Titans are running last, coming off in 2015s wood spoon and will lose their best gamer, Queensland Origin forward Jai Arrow, after this season to South Sydney.A raft of other clubs also desire Fifita; the Roosters, Eels, Bulldogs and Warriors have all been related to big-money deals. A $1 million per season salary would put him among the NRLs greatest earners.Brisbane Broncos star David Fifita runs with the ball throughout pre-season training. (Getty)Former Test forward Paul Gallen stated that while Fifita was worth near to seven figures per season, he needed to think about whether he was prepared to earn his money while carrying a historically-weak club like the Titans.”I do not believe that ($1 million) is too far off the mark,” Gallen said on Wide World of Sports Radio on 2GB.”Youre worth whatever someones ready to pay you. David Fifita would most likely demand that sort of cash off a great deal of clubs. Possibly not a million dollars, however Im definitely thinking $750,000 to $1 million, someplace in between there.”I suppose the question he has to ask himself is, what club does he want to go to? The Brisbane Broncos, if they can keep this lineup together for another number of years, I believe theyll be a terrific side in two or three years time.”But does he desire to go to a Gold Coast Titans side that … Jason Taumalolos running 300m a week at the moment [in a weak Cowboys team] and not getting a lot of outcomes. For the Gold Coast Titans, if you look at their history, theyve made the semi-finals [ just three times]”David Fifita during his State of Origin debut for Queensland. (Getty)Fifita is presently sidelined, having gone through knee surgical treatment. The Broncos have actually lost their previous 4 games and now sit 14th, badly in need of his impact.The Broncos are stuck in a delicate juggling act attempting to keep their finest young forwards, with the likes of Payne Haas, Tevita Pangai Jr, Joe Ofahengaue, Tom Flegler and Patrick Carrigan at the club. Even senior prop Matt Lodge is still simply 25 years-old.