Semi Radradra is going to get even more ‘rad’ this year.
That’s the prediction from the two-time Dally M Winger of the Year, who has soared to rarefied air in the NRL after scoring 48 tries in his first 49 first grade games for Parramatta.
And while he didn’t post one in his 50th, last weekend’s season-opening loss to Brisbane, the Fijian flyer is adamant the club’s impressive recruitment over the summer will elevate him to another level.
The signing of Australian and State of Origin star Michael Jennings means regular partner Brad Takairangi has been forced to shift flanks, but gives coach Brad Arthur arguably the most lethal left edge in the league.
Add in captain Kieran Foran’s ability to straighten up the attack and Michael Gordon’s sweep out the back, and it’s no wonder Radradra is perhaps the most excited his been since his first grade debut.
“I just told Kieran (on Monday) that I couldn’t wait to play with him,” Radradra told AAP.
“And Michael too – it’s the case for everyone on this team. They make everyone better.
“I was happy that Michael’s on my side as my centre. We’re still trying to find that combination, but when we do, it’ll be good.”
Radradra said his team struggled in the absence of injured pair Foran and Norman in the second half against the Broncos, and is eager to see them back.
“Every team will struggle when you take out their two halves. It was very hard for us to set up a play, so hopefully they’ll be right this week,” he said.
Changes to Origin rules means the 23-year-old will never achieve his dream of representing NSW, so he has now focused on accomplishing another goal: playing semi-final football.
To do so, the Eels will have to break a five-year drought, the current longest streak in the NRL.
“All I’ve been planning for the past years is to play good every week,” he said.
“But all my goal is this year is to play a semi-final game.”