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Sport NRL 2020: Souths players welcome potential Semi Radradra recruitment

14:33  20 november  2019
14:33  20 november  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

The mystery man behind South Sydney's Radradra bid revealed

  The mystery man behind South Sydney's Radradra bid revealed A prestige car dealer and now a big wheel in the art world has been pushing for Semi Radradra to come to Redfern, but he doesn't want any credit.But first it’s worth pointing out that the giant Fijian, who is playing for Bordeaux in France, is not homesick – at least not for Sydney. He does long for Fiji, but a return to the NRL is said to be a desire to end his league career on his own terms. You’ll remember he left soon after domestic violence charges were dropped in 2017.

Senior South Sydney players are watching developments with interest. “Apparently Souths are looking at every player (according to rumours) but first we’ve got to sort out what the go is with Sam (Burgess),” Cook told “But Semi Radradra is a quality player and he did a great job when he was in the NRL .

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As South Sydney captain-in-waiting Damien Cook noted with a laugh, the Rabbitohs have been linked with just about every available player since news of Sam Burgess’s retirement broke.

Semi Radradra holding a football ball © Getty Images

With a decision expected soon on whether the NRL will allow the Bunnies to medically retire the Englishman and free up serious cash under the salary cap, a host of names have been thrown up as potential targets.

Former Eels sensation Semi Radradra tops that list.

Semi Radradra interested in immediate NRL return with South Sydney, report

  Semi Radradra interested in immediate NRL return with South Sydney, report Radradra has been linked with a return to the NRL, with South Sydney firming as favourites to sign the former Parramatta cult hero.Sporting News on Wednesday confirmed the Rabbitohs and a representative from the former Parramatta Eels winger’s camp have held preliminary talks about a possible move to Redfern.

Souths are battling their own injury concerns, with forward Hame Sele to be sidelined with a shoulder injury. Outside back Alex Johnston is racing the clock to pass HIA protocols in time for Thursday's match with the Dragons. His potential loss would be offset by Latrell Mitchell's return from suspension.

Semi Radradra is a quality player and he did a great job when he was in the NRL ,” star hooker Cook told Sporting News. But in a stunning development, News Limited journalist Dean Ritchie on Friday reported Radradra is homesick and would be prepared to join the Rabbitohs on a cut-price contract

A third party, acting on Radradra’s behalf, has held informal talks with the Bunnies and the interest from both camps is genuine.

The powerful Fijian has been playing rugby in France for the past two years but is keen to re-settle in Australia.

Senior South Sydney players are watching developments with interest.

“Apparently Souths are looking at every player (according to rumours) but first we’ve got to sort out what the go is with Sam (Burgess),” Cook told Sporting News.

“But Semi Radradra is a quality player and he did a great job when he was in the NRL.

“He’d be a great asset to most clubs.

“Who knows (what will happen)? We will see how it plays out.”

Backrower Cameron Murray is excited about the prospect of such a phenomenal talent returning to the game.

Semi declares NRL career is 'over'

  Semi declares NRL career is 'over' Former league star Semi Radradra has ruled out a return to the game, telling a French publication his days in the NRL are over. Radradra's future has been a point of contention after impressing many keen judges while playing for Fiji at the Rugby World Cup. The Fijian speedster has been rumoured to be mulling a return to the 13-man game with South Sydney and Canterbury said to be interested in his services.But in an interview with French newspaper Sud Ouest, Radradra said his NRL career was "over".

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“I haven’t been following Semi’s (rugby) career too closely but obviously what he did in the NRL was incredible,” he said.

“He is one of those freak athletes who gets the job done on the wing.

“He’d be a great asset to any NRL side and the NRL as a whole.

“It would be great to have him back in the NRL playing as well as he was.”

When it was suggested he’d rather play with Radradra than against him, Murray replied: “Exactly. There are a few people in the NRL like that and he is one of them.”

The Bunnies have told Radradra’s camp they will be back in touch once the NRL has made a call on Burgess.

Simply too much: NRL won't pay $1m for Tina Turner anthem .
The idea is a great one - bring the tune back 30 years after it enjoyed a league life. But the talk around Turner has gone quiet. This column has been told the reason for this is the $1million price tag that Turner or her management has placed on the deal. There is a view from the NRL that they could get Taylor Swift for that kind of money – but the sentiment Turner would bring with her would obviously not be part of the price.© AP Unwell: Tina Turner with Oprah Winfrey in New York this month. The NRL have confirmed that they are still in talks with her management – and they didn’t deny the $1million asking price.

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