He’s staying: Semi to stick with Eels

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NRL: Semi Radradra’s playing future is no clearer with his sister quoted in a Fijian newspaper saying he will be leaving Parramatta after round 17 but has since told the Daily Telegraph that he hasn’t made up his mind.

Eels winger Semi Radradra will remain with the Eels, according to his manager. Pic Mark Evans


SUPERSTAR winger Semi Radradra is returning home to the Parramatta Eels, according to his manager.

Player agent George Christodoulou sent the following text message to the Daily Telegraph this afternoon to confirm the Fijian flyer will be coming home this weekend.

“Semi is currently on holiday back in Fiji over the bye round, this trip was planned and booked in conjunction with the Eels,” Christodoulou said.

“He will be returning to Australia next week and play against the Sharks. He will see out the remainder of his Eels contract until the end of 2017. Thanks. George.”

Star Eels winger Semi Radradra. Picture: Mark Evans

Star Eels winger Semi Radradra. Picture: Mark EvansSource:News Corp Australia

Radradra’s manager has been warned by the NRL of serious repercussions and a long-term ban from the NRL if he quits the Parramatta Eels mid-contract.

Christodoulou met with NRL integrity unit boss Nick Weeks on Tuesday following reports Radradra was planning to walk out on rugby league to play French rugby union.

The Eels later confirrmed in a statement that Radradra would return as expected to prepare for the club’s next NRL game against Cronulla, on Saturday, July 2.

“Semi has also assured the club today that he will remain with the Eels as per his contract until at least the end of the 2017 season,” the statement said.

Semi Radradra has flown to Fiji to visit family. Picture: Gregg Porteous

Semi Radradra has flown to Fiji to visit family. Picture: Gregg PorteousSource:News Corp Australia

“Like other Eels players during the bye round, Semi was granted leave by the club to return home and visit family. This has led to some unnecessary speculation regarding his future,” Christodoulou said in the statement.

“I have spoken to Semi directly and he would like to assure Eels fans and the wider rugby league community that he will be returning as scheduled in time to prepare for Eels’ next NRL game against Cronulla.

“He remains fully committed to his teammates and will be remaining with the Eels until at least the end of the 2017 season, as per his current contract.”

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