Fifita vows NRL contract talks won’t hurt his football

Scott Bailey |

David Fifita has vowed not to be distracted by his ongoing NRL contract saga, after finding a preferred new home on Gold Coast’s left edge.

After days of speculation about his future, the off-contract Fifita was one of the club’s best players in their 22-10 win over Wests Tigers on Sunday.

The powerhouse second-rower set up a try after being put into a hole by Kieran Foran in the first half, and finished with five tackle busts in a dominant performance.

Coach Justin Holbrook remarked afterwards that it proved Fifita could juggle the ongoing contract speculation and his football, after they spoke on the issue earlier in the week.

Fifita initially attracted interest from Canberra for next season, but a decision now looms between staying at the Titans or returning to Brisbane after leaving there in 2020.

Fifita would not go into details of his call from Broncos coach Kevin Walters when asked by AAP, or reveal a timeline on when he wants his future resolved by.

But he is confident the situation won’t impact his football.

“There are no distractions,” Fifita told AAP. 

“The group and myself and the whole coaching staff know my full focus is here. 

“I am just worried about week in, week out. It was good to get the win and next week is another big task.”

Fifita’s early success came after he moved from the right edge to his preferred left beside Foran when Beau Fermor suffered a season-ending ACL injury last week.

“I just feel more confident on the left edge, I feel way better,” Fifita said.

“I just know what I have to do with my body. I feel a lot more comfortable.

“It was a bit nerve wracking. I only got captain’s run in and the previous day with Foz and the left edge. To get the combos right in game one, it felt good.”

Finding a way to unlock Fifita looms as crucial for the Titans after they were guilty of not getting the ball in his hands enough last season.

Foran is likely to be crucial to that, but the five-eighth was due for scans late on Monday with fears he suffered a PCL injury after being hit in the knee in a tackle from the side by Apisai Koroisau.

The veteran No.6 was hopeful the injury was only a cork, but said Fifita’s performance was more to do with the second-rower rather than his combination with him.

“He did a lot of that work himself,” Foran said.

“We didn’t have a lot of good ball against Tigers, so it was really hard.

“Dave in his defence, his line speed and carries out of yardage. He was making them have to tackle him with three or four men at a time. And that just wears them out.

“The tries and line breaks will come off the back of that stuff.”