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

21:31  21 november  2019
21:31  21 november  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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

South Sydney stars Damien Cook and Cameron Murray this week admitted they are keeping a close eye on reports Semi Radradra could be heading to Redfern – and it has now emerged the interest is very much mutual.

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.

Semi Radradra is a quality player and he did a great job when he was in the NRL,” star hooker Cook told Sporting News.

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“He’d be a great asset to most clubs. Who knows (what will happen)? We will see how it plays out.”

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Representative back-rower Murray added: “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.”

The Rabbitohs have been linked with several big-name signings in recent weeks following skipper Sam Burgess’ shock retirement due to a chronic shoulder injury.

South Sydney officials have applied to have the Englishman medically retired, meaning the $1.2 million he is owed in each of the next three seasons would not be counted against the salary cap.

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 for 2020.

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The 27-year-old is on a reported $1 million a season with French rugby club Bordeaux and remains one of the hottest properties in the 15-man code after starring in Fiji’s recent Rugby World Cup campaign.

But Ritchie reports the former Kangaroos flyer is prepared to take as little as half of his current salary to return to Sydney, with Redfern his preferred destination.

It is understood Parramatta and Canterbury-Bankstown are also monitoring Radradra’s situation closely.

Complicating matters is the fact the Fijian-born flyer has a year to run on his Bordeaux deal.

Radradra scored 82 tries in 94 games for the Eels after making his NRL debut in 2013.

He left the NRL in 2017 to take up a lucrative deal with cashed-up French club Toulon before switching to Bordeaux in 2018.

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