Semi Radradra of the Eels.
Semi Radradra of the Eels. PAUL MILLER

Eels insist Radradra will be with club in 2017

RUGBY LEAGUE: Parramatta has tried to reassure Eels fans Semi Radradra will be playing for the club in 2017.

The winger certainly won't be heading to France any time soon after his passport was seized upon his return to Australian from Fiji.

However, the warrant for his arrest issued after he failed to appear in Parramatta Local Court on Monday to answer three charges of domestic violence brought by his former partner Perina Ting has been dropped.

He missed the Monday hearing after flying to Fiji last Wednesday citing a medical emergency with his father.

He will next face court on February 13, and with no passport until then will also miss the Auckland Nines.

Until then the 24-year-old's playing future will continue to be played out in the public arena, with Parramatta chief executive Bernie Gurr declaring he would be part of the Eels line-up in 2017.

Confusion reigned after French rugby outfit Toulon announced it had secured his services for the 2017-18 season. The Top 14 competition starts in August each year.

"The thing for our club is he's contracted through to the 31st of October, 2017,” Gurr told Sky Sports Radio. "So, mate, he'll be with us in '17.

"I spoke to Semi's manager (George Christodoulou), and he definitively said that no contract's been signed.”

Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal insisted Radradra had put pen to paper.

"It sounds like he went off a bit early, quite frankly,” Gurr said.

"I know he (Radradra) had an offer and I spoke to his management about this.

"And the reason they were pursuing that (Toulon move) was really sort of a back-up plan just in case they needed that later in the year.

"But of course that's later in the year. Their competition doesn't start until August.”

Gurr also added that his club was in "constant dialogue” with the NRL integrity unit over Radradra's off-field issues.

"The key thing over the last couple of days has been, number one, to get Semi back in the country and, number two, today to face the court,” Gurr said.

"So that has absolutely been the priority, to respect that legal process.

"This is a very serious issue.

"We are concerned, but the reality is it's a legal issue now and we just have to support that process and see where it goes.”

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