Radradra’s dad wants him to stay in NRL

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Radradra’s dad wants him to stay in NRL

Semi Radradra’s father wants the tearaway winger to remain in the NRL.

Radradra is in Fiji to discuss his playing future as speculation mounts he could exit the NRL to take up a more lucrative contract with French rugby club Bordeaux.

However, if Radradra’s father Samisoni Waqavatu has anything to do with it, the try-scoring machine will remain in rugby league and return to the Eels.

“I just want him to play league,” he told Fox Sports News.

Waqavatu did however say he would leave the decision with Radradra and whether he wanted to return to the 15-man game he played before joining the NRL.

Radradra is also likely to be urged to stick with rugby league by his uncle, who believes the 24-year-old should see out his contract at Parramatta before making any possible move.

“The best for him is to continue with the Eels to finish off his contract,” Nemani McComber said.

“If at then he wants to jump into rugby union then that’s his decision if he wants to do it.”

Parramatta expect Radradra to return to Sydney on Sunday during the club’s bye weekend, ahead of Saturday week’s away clash with Cronulla.

The club and Radradra’s manager each said on Tuesday the reports he would be heading to France were wrong, but the player himself later said he was yet to make up his mind and was waiting to talk with family.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg refused to consider a potential penalty for Radradra if he broke his Eels contract, saying he expected the winger to run out for Parramatta’s next game – a July 2 clash in Cronulla.

“They (Eels) have made their position pretty clear, he is coming back and playing in their next game,” he said.

“He is contracted with them until the end of 2017 – our understanding from Eels is that he will fulfil his contract.

“I think everyone is jumping to the conclusion that Semi is in Fiji and not coming back.

“The information I have got is that he will be back and playing in the next game.”

Meanwhile, Greenberg expected the penalties over the Parramatta salary cap scandal to be finalised in the coming weeks.

The five officials at the centre of the affair – the so called “Gang of Five” – including chairman Steve Sharp and CEO John Boulous are set to be deregistered.

“We have received the submissions from the club and the five individuals, and the work is now underway to assess those submissions before we provide a final determination,” Greenberg said.

“I am talking weeks not months (for a final verdict).”

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