'The NRL is behind me' - Semi Radradra responds to rugby league return rumours

Star Fijian utility back Semi Radradra has categorically ruled out the prospect of returning to rugby league, stating that the NRL is now behind him.

The 27-year-old Bordeaux flyer has been the subject of much speculation regarding where he will be playing next year following his sensational World Cup campaign in Japan.

Many reports suggested that a return to the NRL, where he first made a name for himself with the Parramatta Eels between 2013 and 2017, was imminent due to homesickness and a disliking to the cold French weather.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs believed to be the frontrunners for his signature, while the Eels and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs were also thought to be in contention, but Radradra has since eliminated the prospect of moving back to the 13-man code.

“I know there are a lot of rumours going on and talking about a return to [rugby league], but a return to [rugby league] is not an option for me,” Radradra said in an interview with French newspaper Sud Ouest.

“I already proved myself in [rugby league] … the NRL is behind me, it’s over. I already proved that I was one of the best Fijians in this league.

“Playing [rugby union] pleases me, I love it more and more. I’m in a different environment … I still have a lot to learn and things to prove.”

Radradra is nearing the end of his two-year deal with Bordeaux, and fresh reports of a move to Premiership club Bristol have emerged.

When quizzed about where his next destination will be, the 10-test international didn’t give an inch.

“Nobody knows,” he said.

“This is the last year of my contract with Bordeaux, my agent is looking after the rest. He will look at the bet offers and we will see. I’m only focused on rugby.

“I like this Bordeaux team, I found a family here. This club gave me a great opportunity, and helped me discover my talent and allowed me to become the player I am today.

“But in the end, it’s a story of business. I must also consider my family. I will look at the best options available to me, and I will make my choice.”