Yes, you read the title; Andrew Fifita could be heading to Super League in what would be a stunning move.
Fifita will be leaving the Cronulla Sharks in order to take up a playing deal elsewhere, and, though the Wests Tigers have been linked with a move for the barnstorming prop, the Canberra Times is reporting that the 32-year-old could be heading for Super League.
With brother David becoming a cult hero at Wakefield Trinity, fingers are being pointed at a possible reunion in West Yorkshire, with that move being previously touted in 2021 – though it did end up falling through for one reason or another.
A career which has so far included 246 NRL matches, international appearances for Australia and Tonga, ten games for the NSW Origin team and six as a member of the Indigenous All Stars, Fifita will be exiting The Shire in search of another year of rugby league, despite an off-field role at Cronulla previously being touted.
However, Fifita wants to continue playing.
“I wouldn’t say (this is my) retirement, I reckon I’ve still got another year in me somewhere else,” Fifita told the Cronulla website.
“I’d be there to help grow the club, grow the team, grow the young ones and help how to get there in the final stages.”
His captain, Wade Graham, labelled Fifita one of the greatest to have ever played for Cronulla.
“He’s up there,” Graham told the Canberra Times.
“Obviously games played and years of service, the amount of games, big games and that iconic moment with the try he scored in the grand final.”
Fifita reportedly told his Sharks teammates today that he would not be staying at the club next year, with Saturday’s clash against the Canterbury Bulldogs set to be his last regular season match at home for Cronulla.
Imagine if we see two ‘Big Boppers’ in Super League in 2023!