AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 09: Semi Radradra of the Eels reacts during the round six NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Parramatta Eels at Mt Smart Stadium on April 9, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Hailed a local hero, blue and gold faithful cherished the presence of Semi Radradra at their football club.

After Radradra signed with French Rugby last year, Eels fans were left devastated.

Radradra’s move to France was seen as a ‘short stint’ though, with Parramatta fans convinced that the flying Fijian would return mid-season this year.

Radrada’s success in union could not be undermined, with his highlights reel a hit on social media. Parramatta fans were ecstatic, seeing their favourite son only getting better.

However today, things took a dramatic turn for the worse.

Radradra signed a monster two-year contract with French Rugby first-division club Bordeaux in Europe.

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His unfortunate absence from the game will not only disappoint Parramatta but Rugby League fans as a whole.

Parramatta Eels CEO Bernie Gurr insists that Semi’s deal was too good to refuse and that he can’t blame him for accepting it.

“Quite frankly, with the money on offer over there and the fact he had a one-year deal and a one-year option with Toulon, we expected him to take up that option with Toulon,” Gurr told Fairfax Media.

“So the money he must have been offered not to take it up and go to Bordeaux must have been outrageous.

“The salary cap is a necessity in the NRL. We can’t let the odd player here or there dictate changes in the salary cap rules; it would be shortsighted and not prudent.

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“As much as we would love to welcome him back — and who knows, maybe Semi may eventually come back — it’s totally understandable what he is doing.”

With Semi Radradra out of the picture, Bevan French is tipped to replace Radradra on the wing.

Parramatta still has a handful of options, including Kirisome Auva’a, Josh Hoffman, Will Smith, George Jennings and Greg Leleisiuao all in contention.

23 COMMENTS

  1. Silly headline, I wouldn’t say we’re devastated. It’s hardly a surprise that Semi is chasing the money, who can blame him?

    He’ll be back at some point in the future after the Rugby World Cup, he’ll always be welcome back at Parra. All the best Semi.

    • You are right gotheeels. It is a stupid headline.
      I don’t know one Parra supporter who was expecting Semi to come back anytime soon.
      Semi served us extremely well and left after his contract with us was up. He didn’t dog us mid contract like Hayne did.
      I don’t blame him for taking a massive pay packet to live in France. Who wouldn’t!
      Good luck Semi.

  2. If parra even tried matching the money he can get there you would be questioning why on a winger.hope he does well on his holidays and comes home sooner rather than later

  3. Can’t blame the bloke, nice relaxing sport compared to the battering of NRL. Make a few million, set up the family for life back in Fiji, travel Europe then come back here in 2 years time when he is 28 years old and still have 5 years left in the NRL.

  4. Dont think parra saved that money anyway got alot of backs, anyone know whats happened with john folou? Is he still in the squad?

  5. News just in Bryce Cartwright has quit Penrith immediately and signed with the Titans for four years. Penrith will never win a comp under Griffin.

  6. I said this a while ago, there is something not right out there at Penrith, Griffin is a worry, also heard Merrin is going to Parra, that’s not a bad thing for Penrith he is overrated but it says that all is not rosy there.

    • There were whispers of similar issues at Brisbane when Griffin was there too. I don’t agree with Merrin though. If fit, and I know that is a big if, he is a gun player. I always wondered what a smart operator like Gould ever saw in Griffin.

      • Yep. i’ll run with that Tommyknocker when fit he is good, also agree about Gould, what he saw in Griffin instead of Cleary probably needs explaining to the Penrith members.

        • I rate Gould as one of the best football heads around but in saying that i think he has a very large ego and likes YES man around him.Cleary wasnt a puppet

        • 100% correct in that view ParraMatt. There was a famous falling out between Ricky Stuart and Gould at the Roosters because Ricky tried to cut the strings and Gould the puppeteer spat his dummy and made the spat public on the Sunday Footy Show.

          I call Gould “Fred Flintstone” for a reason. He has lost contact with the present and cannot look forward to the future. He exists in the past (the stone age) for all his wisdom and insight into tge game, it comes a distant second to the game. Just like Pappa Smurf which is why I cannot respect either. There is no “i” in team or in Rugby League. It is a team game followed by a community of separate tribes hence “tribalism” NOT “individualism”.

  7. Bryce Cartwright has signed with the Titans. The exodus from the Panthers continues…
    Martin to the Cowboys
    Moylan to the Sharks
    Latu to the Titans
    Hiku to the Warriors

    No doubt all leaving a sinking ship before Barney turns the club to Rubble. LOL

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