Embattled Parramatta star Semi Radradra will defend allegations of domestic violence when he heads to court on Tuesday in Sydney.
The Eels’ winger will also take his place in the team for Saturday’s NRL match against Cronulla after declining an offer from coach Brad Arthur to stand down from the game.
Radradra’s manager George Christodoulou said his client intended to plead not guilty to three counts of domestic violence, including causing actual bodily harm to his ex-partner.
“100 per cent, we will be fighting the allegations – not guilty 100 per cent,” Christodoulou told reporters on Friday after a meeting with the Eels.
The troubled Fijian on Friday trained with his teammates for the first time this week, just hours after being arrested by police on Thursday night on his arrival at Sydney airport.
The 24-year-old was taken to Mascot police station where he was released on conditional bail and served with an apprehended violence order.
He will appear on Tuesday in Parramatta Local Court.
Radradra snuck into the team’s base on Friday morning as coach Brad Arthur spoke to the media, completing a number of backline drills in a 45-minute captain’s run.
Arthur told reporters he would give the incumbent Kangaroos’ representative the option of standing down from the match against the Sharks, which Radradra later turned down.
Christodoulou also addressed concerns his client had walked out on the club when he left last week for a club-sanctioned trip to Fiji, admitting French rugby club Bordeaux had tabled an eight-month offer.
He guaranteed Radradra would see out the remainder of his NRL deal, due to finish at the end of 2017.
“It was never a run and hide (and) do a Sonny Bill, as reported,” Christodoulou said.
“We went through the front door and proposed to Parramatta and proposed to the NRL. (We) said to the NRL ‘can Semi do a sabbatical stint in rugby union for the back end of this season and over the off-season’?
“The NRL came back with their stance and their policy is (that) we can’t be promoting other codes.
“It was never about Semi thinking he’s bigger and better than the game of rugby league because he certainly doesn’t think that.”
Parramatta confirmed on Friday morning they were aware of the charges, and that they would work closely with the NRL’s integrity unit.
“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.”
The NRL is also keeping an eye on the situation.
“We’re letting the process take its course,” a NRL spokesperson said.