NRL rocked as Roosters ‘withdraw’ David Fifita deal after 10pm phone call

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David Fifita has dropped a bomb on the Roosters with the damaging forward backflipping on his decision to leave the Titans.

After a month-long contract saga, the Queenslander is reported to have informed the Roosters last week he was ready to accept a $3.3 million, four-year deal with the Sydney club.

However, Fifita has now performed a stunning U-Turn and has told the Titans he wants to remain with the club.

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The club said in a statement: “The Gold Coast Titans can confirm David Fifita will remain at the club beyond 2024 and have approved his request to activate his player option for the next two seasons.

“This will result in Fifita remaining part of the Gold Coast squad until the end of 2026.”

The Rooster also confirmed the club’s cold-blooded move to severe ties with Fifita after hearing news of his doubts about th big move.

“The Sydney Roosters have withdrawn their offer to David Fifita,” the club announced on Wednesday morning.

“Despite his management making the initial approach to the Club and Fifita personally informing the Sydney Roosters’ Chairman and Head Coach of his intent to join the Club last Thursday, Fifita has since expressed doubt about his decision.

“Consequently, the Club has elected to withdraw its offer with view that it is in the Roosters’ best interests. The Club wishes Fifita all the best.”

According to leading rugby league journalist Danny Weidler, Fifita gave the Roosters a phone call after 10pm on Tuesday night to express his feelings.

The Roosters then tore the contract offer up hours later on Wednesday morning.

Fifita said in the statment released by the Titans that his family had helped him make the decision to remain on the Gold Coast.

“I’m extremely grateful for the time and interest shown in me over the past two weeks, but upon further reflection, I have made the decision that I want to remain a Titan beyond 2024,” Fifita said.

“I’m excited about the direction the team is taking and being close to home, and my family has been central to helping me make this decision.”

Fifita had activated a contract clause to leave the 16th ranked Titans earlier this moneth, after he signed a three-year deal just last year, although the final two years of his deal were under a player option.

His expected move to the Roosters was going to cause major ripples across the league with rival clubs increasingly interested in snaring Angus Crichton away from the Bondi club — should the in-form forward’s agreement with French rugby club Montpellier fall through.

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