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Sport David Fifita: Brisbane Broncos back-rower ‘definitely’ worth $1 million a season, says Andrew Johns

21:05  23 october  2019
21:05  23 october  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

Fifita's priceless reaction to $1m contract calls

  Fifita's priceless reaction to $1m contract calls David Fifita has denied that he's a $1 million per season NRL player and reckons his mum will decide on his next contract. Fifita is off-contract from November 1, meaning that a stack of NRL clubs have been linked with a bid for the Queensland Origin forward as the Brisbane Broncos try to keep him beyond next season.Fifita isn't getting carried away with the increasing contract hype. Far from it, in fact. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.

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Eighth Immortal Andrew Johns has declared boom Brisbane Broncos back-rower David Fifita is worth the reported $1 million a season he could potentially earn on his next NRL contract.

As many as 10 clubs are reportedly in the market for the 19-year-old’s services, with a bidding war expected to break out on November 1.

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“Yes, definitely,” Johns told Wide World of Sports’ Freddy & The Eighth when asked if Fifita is worthy of a seven-figure salary.

“To win a comp you need a strike back-rower and he’s your strike back-rower.”

Johns’ endorsement comes amid new reporting from News Limited journalist Phil Rothfield suggesting back-to-back NRL premiers the Sydney Roosters are set to make a major play for the code’s next superstar.

The New Zealand Warriors are expected to lead the charge to poach the Queensland Maroons forward, who comes off contract at the end of 2020.

Cashed-up Parramatta and Wayne Bennett’s South Sydney Rabbitohs are the other serious suitors.

Brisbane also haven’t given up hope of re-signing the prodigious forward.

However, the Broncos’ salary cap issues and the massive coin on offer from rivals could force the teenager to walk despite previously declaring he wants to remain at Red Hill.

It is understood the Broncos have set aside $700,000 annually for Fifita, having already re-signed the likes of Payne Haas, Matthew Lodge and Joe Ofahengaue over the past 18 months.

Fifita, who will captain the Junior Kangaroos against France on Friday night, this week spoke glowingly of Bennett, who handed him his NRL debut in 2018.

There has been speculation the Broncos star could replace Sam Burgess at Redfern, with the England international widely tipped to retire due to a chronic shoulder injury.

Meanwhile, arch-rivals the Roosters could reportedly fit Fifita under their salary cap due to Cooper Cronk’s retirement at the end of the 2019 season.

Broncos star forced into early retirement .
Matt Gillett has succumbed to injury and retired at age 31, with three years remaining on his Brisbane Broncos contract. One day after South Sydney lost Sam Burgess to an injury-enforced retirement, Gillett confirmed his exit after 202 NRL games for Brisbane. The news will be confirmed at a Broncos press conference on Thursday morning.Gillett broke his neck in 2018 and struggled with a shoulder injury through this season. He was unable to regain his best form and played just 17 games in 2019, after only five appearances last year.

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