Semi Radradra of the Eels.
Semi Radradra of the Eels. DEAN LEWINS

Semi Radrada welcome to return, says Eels coach

PARRAMATTA coach Brad Arthur says Semi Radrada would be welcomed back with open arms if he wanted to return following his stint in French rugby union.

The Fijian-born winger will leave the Eels at the end of the season to take up a one-year contract with Toulon.

Radrada has an option to make that a two-year stay but Arthur said the club had already spoken to the Australian international about a return to western Sydney in 2018.

"One hundred per cent we would be (open). If Semi wants to come back, he's not the sort of player that you're going to turn away. He's part of our club anyway," he said.

"It's with the club and Semi, but at the moment we've just got to worry about getting him through the rest of this year.

"He's definitely going overseas to fulfil his dream there."

Arthur's comments came after Radradra's management hinted at him coming back before the end of NRL transfer deadline on June 30 next year.

The French rugby grand final is around May.

Arthur said Radradra, a two-time Dally M Winger of the Year, was still yet to reach his peak this season despite a strong showing in last week's loss to Canberra.

"He's trying very hard. He's still not quite on top of his game at the moment, but he's working really hard and he'll get there," the coach said.

"We're hoping that when he goes overseas and he enjoys his footy there, but at some stage we want to see him back in the blue and gold."

News Corp Australia


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