Troubled Parramatta star Semi Radradra has arrived at club headquarters ahead of the NRL team’s final training session of the week on Friday.
But whether or not the Eels winger will play in an NRL match against Cronulla on Saturday depends on a discussion with coach Brad Arthur, who had yet to speak to the Fijian since returning to Sydney on Thursday night.
Radradra was arrested by police upon his arrival from Fiji and charged with three counts of domestic violence against his ex-partner in 2014 and 2015, but was released on conditional bail.
Arthur said he was unsure how much of Friday’s session Radradra would take part in.
“I don’t know a lot about it. It’s happened really quickly. I tried to put in a call this morning and I’m not sure where it’s at,” Arthur said prior to Eels’ captain’s run.
Asked whether he would give Radradra the option of standing down, Arthur said: “Yes.”
Pressed further on whether Radradra would be in the right frame of mind to play, he said: “Like I said, I haven’t spoken to Semi (so) we’ll talk to him and see where he’s at.
“The first process is we need to talk to Semi and his manager and see how he is. The priority for us is his welfare at the moment. Until I’ve spoken to him, it’s very hard.
“Whether I’m happy with it or not, that’s just how it is. That’s the situation.
“We need to talk to Semi and need to go through the whole process. We need to speak to the NRL. There’s a lot of stuff to happen.”
Parramatta confirmed they were aware of the charges on Friday morning, and that they would work closely with the NRL’s integrity unit on the matter.
“This is a serious matter and the club is treating it as such,” director Geoff Gerard said.
“In accordance with our club’s values, Semi will be afforded the presumption of innocence.”