David Fifita has turned his back on the struggling Broncos by signing a three-year, $3.5 million deal with the Gold Coast Titans the club confirmed on Saturday.
The Queensland Origin star, who is just 20 years of age, will join the Titans from 2021 Mal Meninga confirmed, after Fifita informed teammates of the move.
"It's a great signing for the club," Meninga said on Fox League.
"With all humility and respect I think the Fifita family has handled it really well, Dave and his mum Gwen and all their family have handled tough circumstances. It's been played out in the media hasn't it? But it's a great acquisition for the club going forward."
It's one of the biggest signings in the club's 13-year history, while it's a hammer blow to the Broncos who suffered a 46-8 thrashing to rivals Melbourne on Friday night.
Broncos CEO Paul White said it was "disappointing" to lose Fifita.
"We have been in ongoing discussions, across more than 20 meetings, as we sought to find a way to keep David at the Broncos, where he has played some fantastic football in recent years," White said.
"At the same time we wanted to ensure we did not go beyond what was responsible for the good of the club and playing list as a whole.
"It's disappointing to see David depart but we look forward to him returning to the field [from a knee injury] to finish out the season with the Broncos. We wish him all the best with his rugby league future.
"The Broncos are now in a strong position to look to the future to pursue other player recruitment opportunities."