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Payne Haas has been doing all he can to ensure his best mate David Fifita remains at the Broncos.
The New South Wales Origin star claims he's been working tirelessly behind the scenes to keep his friend and trusted teammate in the Queensland capital but insists the outcome is completely out of his hands.
Last week, Fifita - who is one of the NRL's hottest young prospects - told Brisbane head coach Anthony Seibold that he was joining the Gold Coast Titans in 2021.
The reported one-year deal worth $1.1million would make the 20-year-old second-rower one of the highest paid players in the NRL.
But in a sudden 24-hour U-turn, the second-rower backflipped on his decision and confirmed that he'd be staying in Brisbane for a deal significantly less than the offer tabled by the Titans - reportedly around $700,000.
With Fifita still yet to inform his current employers of his final decision, a growingly-frustrated Haas is using the uncertain time period to convince the young gun to stay put.
"There's only so much you can say, at the end of the day," Haas told Wide World Of Sport Radio.
"He's his own man and I'm sure he'll make the best decision for him and his family.
"I'm happy with it either way, obviously I want him to at the Broncs, he's one of best mates.
"But it's his decision at the end of the day, so I'm happy either way."
While Haas is contracted to the Broncos until the end of 2024, it's clear to see why he's so keen for Seibold and Co to lock down his fellow teammate on a long-term deal.
107kg powerhouse Fifita has already featured three times for Queensland in the State of Origin while also impressing for the Broncos in his short 38-game career.
But with head coach Seibold choosing to leave him out of the Broncos' Friday night clash against Wests Tigers, who knows what the future holds for Fifita. One thing is for certain: his future will undoubtedly be a bright one, wherever he ends up.
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