NRL cleared Radradra payment: Eels

Parramatta claim they received approval from the NRL to provide an advanced payment to Semi Radradra in 2014, clearing them of any salary cap wrongdoing in relation to the star winger.

However the club was silent on a second matter that then-captain Tim Mannah was guaranteed $225,000 in third-party agreements in the same year.

The Eels responded to fresh salary cap claims published by News Corp Australia on Thursday, also slamming a “campaign of smear” through leaks.

The club said it had rejected a request from Radradra’s representatives to provide a $35,000 third party agreement (TPA) for personal issues.

Such offers would be at odds with NRL rules which state that TPAs must be organised at arm’s length, and not as part of contract negotiations, with the club.

Instead, the Eels consulted with the NRL.

“The club received written approval to make an advanced payment to Semi for personal reasons via then NRL Chief Operating Officer, Jim Doyle, and Salary Cap Auditor, Jamie L’Oste Brown, on 25 July 2014,” an Eels statement read.

The Eels are adamant the arrangement with Radradra’s management isn’t part of the NRL’s current investigations into salary cap breaches.

“It should also be noted that all correspondence printed in today’s article has already been provided voluntarily to the NRL and there has been no suggestion that these matters are part of the current investigation,” the statement continued.

However the club opted not to shed any light on leaked emails that show Mannah was to be afforded $225,000 worth of TPAs as part of a three-year contract totalling $1.32 million negotiated in 2014.

There is no suggestion of wrongdoing from any of the players, however speculation continues to surround potential penalties for the Eels for alleged salary cap breaches.

The club risks losing as many as 10 competition points this year, with the severity of the penalty expected to be lessened if certain officials stand down.

Former chief executive Scott Seward, who served from September 2013 to June 2015, also met with the NRL last Monday as part of investigations.

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