'More to it': Broncos legend slams $3.5m David Fifita disaster

Australian Associated Press
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Pictured here, young Broncos forward David Fifita has signed a deal with the Titans.
The Broncos have been criticised for allowing David Fifita to leave the club. Pic: Getty

Brisbane great Kevin Walters has slammed the NRL club over David Fifita's Gold Coast defection, saying factors other than money appear to have influenced his departure.

The ex-premiership skipper had no problem with Fifita snapping up a three-year deal reportedly worth $3.5 million with perennial strugglers Gold Coast.

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But Walters but took aim at his former club, saying he believed there was a "lot more" to Fifita's departure than Brisbane's under-fire salary cap management.

Queensland forward Fifita, 20, is set to become one of the NRL's highest-paid players next year after the Broncos could not match what is believed to be a $1.25 million-a-season Titans contract.

However in the fallout over the Titans' biggest recruitment coup there have been reports of players becoming disillusioned with Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold as the Broncos have lost eight of their last nine games.

"Obviously David has to look after his future but you can't just base your decision on money," Walters told Sky Sports Radio.

"People play rugby league to win premierships. He felt he couldn't do it right now at Brisbane.

Walters says move was not only about money

"The Broncos in their history rarely lose a player that they really want to keep.

"They are saying it is a money issue but from the outside looking in there seems a lot more to it."

Walters said Fifita's departure was a bad look for the Broncos' salary cap management.

"Congratulations to the Titans but I am extremely disappointed as a former Broncos captain that he has actually left the club," he said.

Pictured here, David Fifita in action for the Broncos.
Kevin Walters regards Fifita as the best player at the Broncos. Pic: Getty

"I have got nothing against David. You can't really blame David.

"(But) he should have been the first one signed by the Broncos back in January or February.

"He is your first priority. He's their best player by a country mile.

"I just think the club could have done more to keep him."