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Thursday, 25 July 2019

Prickly Arthur's telling Semi admission


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Talk of Semi Radradra's possible return to the NRL hasn't reached Parramatta coach Brad Arthur, with the Eels mentor denying reports linking the club to the Fijian rugby star.

Radradra is reportedly looking to head back to Australia after leaving Parramatta for French rugby in 2017. The winger exited the NRL to chase a big pay-packet with Toulon before moving to Bordeaux but it's said he's over the French lifestyle and is motivated by a return to Australia and rugby league.

The move is set to spark huge competition for his signature, which could be north of $1 million a season. Parramatta is said to be his preferred destination and is the logical move considering his history and success at the club.

Semi Radradra

During a press conference at Parramatta training on Friday, Arthur pleaded ignorance to the story, denying he had any knowledge of Radradra's potential return and that he only found out about the story when one of his players brought it to his attention.

"I haven’t heard anything about it,” he said.

“Unless he spoke to someone else at the club but I’m sure I’d know about it.”

In deflecting the speculation, Arthur highlighted Blake Ferguson's contribution since joining the club, telling the media "we’ve got our own Semi Radradra don’t we?”

Brad Arthur looks on

The report states Radradra will stay in rugby until the World Cup with the aim of securing a deal with an NRL club by the end of the year. Arthur became increasingly prickly when pressed about additional details, although he did admit the club would be willing to talk to the 27-year-old if he was considering a move back.

“I don’t know, I didn’t write it. I didn’t make it up. I’ve got no idea,” he said.

“If Semi wanted to come back to the club of course we’d be interested. But I haven’t heard anything about it. It’s all speculation. As I said, I didn’t write it so I don’t know where it came from.”

The Fijian winger scored 82 tries in 94 games over five years at Parramatta, becoming one of the most destructive ball-runners in the game.

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Talk of Semi Radradra's possible return to the NRL hasn't reached Parramatta coach Brad Arthur, with the Eels mentor denying reports linking the club to the Fijian rugby star.

Radradra is reportedly looking to head back to Australia after leaving Parramatta for French rugby in 2017. The winger exited the NRL to chase a big pay-packet with Toulon before moving to Bordeaux but it's said he's over the French lifestyle and is motivated by a return to Australia and rugby league.

The move is set to spark huge competition for his signature, which could be north of $1 million a season. Parramatta is said to be his preferred destination and is the logical move considering his history and success at the club.

Semi Radradra

During a press conference at Parramatta training on Friday, Arthur pleaded ignorance to the story, denying he had any knowledge of Radradra's potential return and that he only found out about the story when one of his players brought it to his attention.

"I haven’t heard anything about it,” he said.

“Unless he spoke to someone else at the club but I’m sure I’d know about it.”

In deflecting the speculation, Arthur highlighted Blake Ferguson's contribution since joining the club, telling the media "we’ve got our own Semi Radradra don’t we?”

Brad Arthur looks on

The report states Radradra will stay in rugby until the World Cup with the aim of securing a deal with an NRL club by the end of the year. Arthur became increasingly prickly when pressed about additional details, although he did admit the club would be willing to talk to the 27-year-old if he was considering a move back.

“I don’t know, I didn’t write it. I didn’t make it up. I’ve got no idea,” he said.

“If Semi wanted to come back to the club of course we’d be interested. But I haven’t heard anything about it. It’s all speculation. As I said, I didn’t write it so I don’t know where it came from.”

The Fijian winger scored 82 tries in 94 games over five years at Parramatta, becoming one of the most destructive ball-runners in the game.

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