Sydney Roosters called out over glaring detail around David Fifita's NRL backflip

Fifita has backflipped on his decision to join the Roosters in 2025 but the fallout may not stop there.

The Sydney Roosters are a club which pride themselves on doing things professionally, seamlessly and with a touch of dignity. The outside world might not see them in the same light, but they certainly do.

But David Fifita's 'now you see me, now you don’t' backflip has been a major embarrassment for the Tricolours and their proud chairman Nick Politis. He doesn’t need me to tell him how to run a business and I'm not about to start.

But Fifita mucked the Roosters around so much in initial negotiations Politis wanted to end talks there and then and walk away. His gut instinct – so usually on point – told him the Gold Coast backrower's reluctance to immediately agree to terms was a sign his heart wasn't really in the move.

Pictured left David Fifita and right Trent Robinson
David Fifita backflipped on his decision to join the Roosters in 2025 on Wednesday but the fallout may not stop there. Image: Getty

Politis told those around him he wasn't going to let Fifita continue to sleep on a decision - and then did anyway. The Chooks were desperate to get a kill over three-time premier Penrith and flex their muscle as a club of choice for marquee players. The Roosters pushed on and eventually got their main, picking up a star player at the same time they were pissing off another.

Second-rower Angus Crichton has started the season so well there's talk of a State of Origin recall. He plays the same position as Fifita yet no one at the Chooks thought it a good idea to give him a heads up of their plans.

It was poor form and Crichton let them know in comments you don’t often see from a premier player. It's especially rare to hear it from someone at the Roosters, a club which likes to control the message.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12: Angus Crichton of the Roosters celebrates scoring a try during the round 10 NRL match between Sydney Roosters and New Zealand Warriors at Allianz Stadium, on May 12, 2024, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Angus Crichton has been on fire for the Roosters in 2024.

"I probably won't go looking for him (coach Trent Robinson), but if he wants to talk to me, he knows where to find me," Crichton said. It does make you question where their head's at.

"No one's talked to me, which is funny. Last I heard they were keen (to re-sign me), but then obviously that (Fifita news) comes out. It's an interesting one and something I'll have to monitor. I don't want to be sitting behind anyone. if there's an opportunity that makes sense (elsewhere), then I'll definitely look at it."


And who could blame him? Now the Roosters have missed out on Fifita and could see both Crichton and Sitili Tupouniua, who has been given permission to talk to rival clubs, walk out the door. Talk about shooting yourself in both feet.