Cronulla Sharks prop Andrew Fifita will not be joining the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 2015.
Having earlier signed with the club, the two ceased negotiations today, with a rumour that there were issues with a third party deal in the contract.
Initial news articles reported that the Bulldogs were the ones to tear up the contract after the Prop made the comments that he had wished he had gone to rugby union last week.
There were also thoughts that the Bulldogs had signed Fifita on a Knee jerk reaction to the NRL’s rule changes that have seen a faster paced game meaning mobile forwards with quick play the balls would be required.
It would appear from statements from all involved parties that the contractual issues were in fact mutual.
In a statement from Bulldogs CEO Raelene Castle, the club said they could not agree to the final terms of the deal.
“After signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Andrew we’ve not been able to agree on the final terms of his NRL Playing Contract and have ceased negotiations with his management,” Castle said.
Fifita’s management group, I am Athlete, released the following statement:
“Andrew is disappointed that we could not finalise terms with the Bulldogs but we still have several options in the pipeline to explore.”
While rugby is the favourite to gain the signature of Fifita after last week’s comments, Cronulla players have not given up hope on regaining the services of their team mate with Beau Ryan tweeting “Hopefully @andrewfifita signs with the @Cronulla_Sharks #wewilltakeyouback.”
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