Semi Radradra to quit NRL at end of season and head for Toulon

Parramatta star Semi Radradra will quit the NRL club at the end of the season after signing a two-year deal with French rugby union powerhouse Toulon.

The Eels have been trying to re-sign the Fijian winger but the rugby league club couldn’t match the deal offered by the Top 14 side which is worth $1m a season, according to News Corp Australia.

Parramatta chief executive Burnie Gurr released a statement on Wednesday night, confirming Radradra was headed to France.

“As advised previously to Semi and his manager, Semi will fulfil his 2017 playing contract with the Parramatta Eels as the club will not release Semi from his 2017 obligations to our club; accordingly, the earliest Semi could commence at Toulon is early November 2017,” Gurr said.

“In early December 2016 the Parramatta Eels indicated our wish to keep Semi at our club by making a very attractive offer to Semi for the 2017 (upgrade of existing contract), 2018 and 2019 NRL seasons.

“The offer from Toulon was substantially higher than our club’s offer.”

Radradra is due to face court on 13 February on domestic violence charges relating to an incident with his former partner. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.