Rugby League legend Darren Lockyer believes the Broncos’ failure to re-sign David Fifita is due in part to former Brisbane halfback Ben Hunt.
Lockyer told Wide World of Sports that Hunt’s monster $6 million deal to join the Dragons overinflated the player market.
“I think the market went silly there for a while after Ben Hunt signed at the Dragons for that massive deal,” Lockyer said on QLDER.
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“And good luck to Ben, but I think that set a massively inflated market and I think it’s just starting to come back a bit.
“I think that’s why there’s probably a lot of players out there that are taking their time with these contracts, because the deals that were once out there aren’t there now.”
Fifita knocked back a monster $5 million deal to join the Rabbitohs and is expected to receive a huge offer to switch to the Titans.
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While the Broncos are considered the favourites for his signature, the offers coming from elsewhere are driving up Fifita’s asking price considerably.
While Lockyer knows Fifita has the potential to be one of the game’s best forwards, he believes that playmakers are more deserving of the big money contracts.
“He (Fifita) is a dynamic back-rower, he’s probably going to be one of the best in the game in a couple of years. Consistency’s the key,” Lockyer said.
“But I still think your nines, your sixes and sevens are the ones that win you the big games.
Darren Lockyer believes David Fifita’s asking price is too high.Source:Getty Images
“These guys (back-rowers) help you, but in my view they (playmakers) should still be the highest-paid in the game.”
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Originally published asWhy Lockyer partly blames Fifita contract saga on former Bronco Hunt
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