Andrew Fifita set for coaching role which could determine former Wakefield Trinity star’s future

This week, Andrew Fifita announced his retirement due to injuries which will require a number of nasty surgeries.

Fifita was a World Cup winner with Australia in 2013 prior to representing Tonga in the 2017 World Cup.

He also scored the winning try in the 2016 Grand Final for Cronulla Sharks up against Melbourne Storm.

Following his retirement, having turned down moves Canterbury Bulldogs and Manly Sea Eagles, Fifita could be set to stay at Cronulla in a coaching capacity with Chairman Steve Mace keen on appointing him.

“Andrew has been such an important and impressive figure around our culture,” Mace said to the Daily Telegraph.

“We’d like to see him involved in some capacity and we’re in discussions now. Everyone at our club, especially the younger players, look up to him.”

This could help settle the future of his twin brother David Fifita who left Cronulla in 2016 to become a star at Wakefield Trinity.

It was expected after he left Wakefield at the end of 2022 that David and Andrew would play one last season together but that is of course no longer the case.

However, David is reportedly keen on playing one season down under and should Andrew be appointed amongst the coaching staff at Cronulla, David could re-join him at the club but likely in the feeder team rather than the club’s top 30 squad which is what we have seen from the likes of Rob Lui after his Leeds Rhinos exit.

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