'I've learned a big lesson': David Fifita returns home after jail stint

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter

David Fifita says he's "learnt a big lesson" after arriving safely in Brisbane following a three-day stint in a Bali jail.

The Brisbane NRL star arrived in Brisbane early on Tuesday and was greeted by his mother Gwen and club CEO Paul White before giving a short statement to media.

The holidaying 19-year-old allegedly hit a Bali nightclub security guard while riding on the back of a scooter early on Saturday morning and spent the next two nights in the same clothes after being arrested.

Facing more than two years in jail for assault, White confirmed that Fifita had to pay compensation out of his own pocket to reach a peace settlement with the complainant.

David Fifita playing for the Broncos.
David Fifita of the Broncos has returned back to Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

But the Broncos forward thanked those that helped him on his return.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has worked to help me get home,” Fifita said in a statement.

“I’d like to thank Walshy, Payne and my lawyers over in Bali and everyone at the Brisbane Broncos.

“There’s been a lot going on behind the scenes and I am really grateful for that (help).

“It is a great feeling to be back home to see my family.

“I have learnt a big lesson from what I have been through over the past few days.”

Set to enter the final year of his contract with Brisbane, Fifita is widely considered the hottest free agent available for the 2021 season and reportedly the target of $1 million per season offers.

But he could start the year on the sidelines - and lighter in the pocket - given Melbourne's Nelson Asofa-Solomona copped a three-game ban and suspended $15,000 fine for his involvement in a wild brawl in the same nightspot last month.

With AAP