Radradra to leave Eels for Toulon


Semi Radradra is set to leave Parramatta Eels and switch codes to join Toulon, but only once he has completed the 2017 season with the NRL club.

In November, the Top 14 giants claimed to have secured the services of the 24-year-old, who at the time was facing a potential warrant for his arrest after failing to appear at a domestic violence hearing in Parramatta.

Radradra's next court appearance is scheduled for February and in a statement on Wednesday the Eels confirmed he had turned down the offer of a new deal in favour of a switch to France.

But the Eels will not allow the wing to leave until the end of this year's NRL campaign, which will conclude in October, with Toulon's season set to begin in August.

"The Parramatta Eels Rugby League Club have been advised by George Christodoulou, the manager of Semi Radradra, that Semi has accepted an offer to play rugby union for the Toulon Rugby Club for the 2017/2018 European rugby season, with an option for a second year being the 2018/2019 season," read a statement from the Eels' chief executive officer Bernie Gurr.

"Semi has a court appearance on 13 February 2017. As advised previously to Semi and his manager, Semi will fulfil his 2017 playing contract with the Parramatta Eels as the club will not release Semi from his 2017 obligations to our club; accordingly, the earliest Semi could commence at Toulon is early November 2017.

"In early December 2016 the Parramatta Eels indicated our wish to keep Semi at our club by making a very attractive offer to Semi for the 2017 (upgrade of existing contract), 2018 & 2019 NRL seasons.

"The offer from Toulon was substantially higher than our club's offer. We look forward to Semi being a most productive member of the 2017 Parramatta Eels playing squad and then we wish Semi well in his rugby union venture with Toulon."