August 26, 2017
Fijian flyer Semi Radradra has asked Parramatta to keep space under their salary cap in 2018 to allow him to return to the Eels for the second half of next season after a stint in French rugby.
Radradra produced an incredible individual display in the 52-34 defeat of Brisbane Broncos on Thursday night and scored four tries after weaving his way around a couple of defenders.
He will join Toulon after this season but indicated after his scoring spree at the Suncorp Stadium that his intention was to try something different and then come back to the NRL.
Radradra could potentially be in a position to re-join Brad Arthur's team next May and it has emerged that the 25-year-old has asked the club keep that option available by leaving space in next year's salary cap for his return.
"When he is in those moods, he is a hard man to stop," Parramatta captain Tim Mannah told The Sydney Morning Herald.
Mannah said Radradra's Parramatta teammates would be twisting the arm of the winger to return to the Eels as early as next season.
"We will be. He's come out and openly said he loves the club and would love to come back one day," Mannah said. "He's got a bit of time to do over there but I'm confident one day we'll see him back in the blue and gold."
Radradra's jaw-dropping try frenzy was described by former dual international Wendell Sailor as one of the best individual performances he had seen and stunned even the man himself.
"I was pretty shocked I scored four tries. I think the boys make me look good from the outside," Radradra told Triple M radio.
Asked whether he would be back at the Eels, he replied: "I just want to try something different and then come back to the NRL."
By Reginald Chandar