Semi Radradra has assured Parramatta he will return to the NRL club after a sanctioned holiday in Fiji, the Eels and the star winger’s manager say.
There has been fierce speculation Radradra will walk out on the Eels to take up a lucrative contract with French rugby.
However the Eels and Radradra’s manager George Christodoulou denied that was the case on Tuesday.
“The Parramatta Eels and Semi Radradra’s management can confirm that Semi will be returning as expected to prepare for the club’s next NRL game against Cronulla,” read an Eels statement on Tuesday afternoon.
“Semi has also assured the club today that he will remain with the Eels as per his contract until at least the end of the 2017 season.
Christodoulou said he had spoken to his client, who has assured him he will be back in Sydney before the Eels next match against the Sharks on Saturday week.
“Like other Eels players during the bye round, Semi was granted leave by the club to return home and visit family,” Christodoulou said.
“This has led to some unnecessary speculation regarding his future.
“I have spoken to Semi directly and he would like to assure Eels fans and the wider rugby league community that he will be returning as scheduled in time to prepare for Eels next NRL game against Cronulla.
“He remains fully committed to his teammates and will be remaining with the Eels until at least the end of the 2017 season, as per his current contract.”