AN Australian Super Rugby franchise is reportedly chasing the signature of controversial Cronulla star Andrew Fifita.
The wrecking ball forward’s future is as clouded as ever after he again antagonised the NRL over the decision to ban him from selection for the Kangaroos’ Four Nations tour of the United Kingdom.
Fifita re-iterated his threat to walk away from the NRL and his contract with the Cronulla Sharks during an interview with Sky News on Tuesday night.
Fifita was overlooked for international honours because of his recent incidents of misbehaving off the field, including an ongoing NRL Integrity Unit investigation into his consorting and public support for convicted one-punch killer Kieran Loveridge.
Since publicly claiming he has spoken with his management and Cronulla Sharks officials about negotiating out of his 2017 NRL season deal, Fifita’s representatives have been approached by two Super Rugby franchises interesting in recruiting him for the 2017 season.
Rugby League Week has reported one Australian Super Rugby franchise and one based in New Zealand have spoken to Fifita’s manager to register their interest.
It is unclear if the Australian Rugby Union is supporting the efforts of the Australian club.
The development was reported just minutes after Kangaroos forward Sam Thaiday urged Fifita not to walk away from the NRL over his standoff with league officials.