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The Sydney Roosters have reportedly won the David Fifita sweepstakes, with the damaging backrower set to join the Tricolors on a four-year deal from 2025.

The SMH reports that Fifita’s deal with the Roosters will be worth $3.3 million over four years.

His decision comes just hours after he informed the Gold Coast Titans he will not exercise his option to remain at the club beyond the 2024 season.

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Penrith were the heavy favorites to land Fifita, offering a deal reportedly worth around $850,000 per year.

However, Fifita has decided to head to Sydney’s eastern suburbs despite the Roosters offering slightly less money than Penrith.

Fifita spoke with his manager Michael Hudson on Wednesday night to discuss his future and decided to decline an extension to his $1 million per season contract with the Titans.

The damaging backrower had a clause in his contract that meant he had until the start of Round 10 (Thursday evening) to opt out of a further two-year stay at the club.

Previously, Titans coach Des Hasler confirmed the crushing blow that Fifita would leave the club on Thursday.

Hasler – who only joined the club this season – admitted he was “disappointed” that his star man will be leaving.

“It’s all part of the game, part of the theater and part of the football merry-go-round,” Hasler told reporters Thursday.

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“Players come and go and change from club to club all the time. David is a great player and has been a good asset to the club, but he has decided his time has come to an end.

“He will be moving to Sydney to pursue his football interests there and I wish him all the best.”

Hasler admitted that it will change the Titans team in the future, but explained “that’s what recruitment is about”, indicating that the club will enter the open market.

However, the former Sea Eagles and Bulldogs mentor defended Fifita after a reporter asked if his teammates were angry that the back rower was “abandoning the ship”.

“I think it’s unfair to say he’s abandoning ship, it’s not about abandoning ship. He made a decision and everyone knew what was on the table,” Hasler responded.

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“It’s unfair to say that.”

Hasler also believes the Titans are building and he sat down with Fifita in an attempt to convince him to stay, albeit without success.

“We had a good goal and the club is growing. So far this year the results are not leaning in that direction, but towards those who know football,” Hasler said.

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“And I think Kieran Foran, who is a pretty good judge and has been in the game for a long time, (knows) that something is happening here.

“So we will continue on that path and continue to move forward.”

Fifita will also continue to play for the Gold Coast side this season and will not withdraw from this weekend’s match against the Cowboys on Sunday.

“I think the players will just go ahead and tell you the truth, what can they do?” Hasler said.

“He comes in and plays, the next question you’ll ask is whether he plays this weekend, and of course he will.

“We will continue with what we are doing and what we want to do this year.”

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