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The Gold Coast Titans could have up to $10,000 less in the salary cap to throw at Cameron Smith as the NRL investigates the club’s handling of the David Fifita trespassing incident over Christmas.
The NRL is investigating a gift purchase made by the club for the family involved, which saw Fifita arrested after allegedly trespassing at a Gold Coast property before being released without charge.
David Fifita, 20, signed a multimillion-dollar deal to switch from Brisbane to the Gold Coast this year.Credit:Getty
Fifita was invited to the house by a woman, but upon entering was confronted by her father who called police. Fifita proved that he was invited to the property and was released with a caution by Queensland police.
The NRL was made aware of the gift – believed to be worth between $3000 and $10,000 – following a News Corp report on Tuesday.
The NRL has been told the gift was given well after Fifita was cleared by police as a gesture of goodwill and not as hush money. The NRL is expected to include the value of the purchase in the Titans’ salary cap, which has $600,000 remaining for 2021 and is likely to be used on Smith should he decide to play this season.
The Titans also face the prospect of a fine from head office for failing to disclose the gift during the NRL’s investigation, which is yet to be formally closed.
An NRL spokesperson said: “The NRL integrity unit is seeking further information from the Gold Coast Titans concerning an incident involving David Fifita. On the information provided, the salary cap position of the club will not be materially affected [meaning the Titans will not go over the cap limit].”
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