Front-runner for Semi’s signature as bidding war begins
SEMI Radradra is considering a shock return to the NRL and Parramatta are early favourites to secure his signature.
News of Radradra's intention to return to Australia is sure to spark a flurry of interest among several desperate clubs, despite his likely $1 million asking price.
The Eels, with whom Radradra played for five years before quitting the NRL at the end of 2017, are already considered his most likely destination.
The reason for Radradra's shock return is simple: he prefers living in Australia to France.
Radradra has told those around him that he no longer enjoys the French lifestyle, having spent last season with Bordeaux after two years with Toulon.
The Fijian flyer is staying in rugby until after the World Cup in September and October but is hoping a deal can be struck afterwards to bring him back.
Now 27, Radradra was among the NRL's most devastating kick returners and already shapes as a must-have asset for several NRL clubs which are struggling to be effective at the back.
THE Knights are on the lookout for a strike back-rower to bolster their stocks for next season.
Manly veteran Joel Thompson and Cronulla's Kurt Capewell have been mentioned as potential additions to the Newcastle roster.
To do so, though, the Knights must clear out some salary cap space. The likes of Aidan Guerra, Danny Levi and Herman Ese'ese are considering their futures.
BRONCOS DO THE BUSINESS
THE Broncos are close to re-signing impressive young hooker Jake Turpin.
Turpin, who will play halfback for the Broncos against the Titans on Saturday, has attracted interest from the Warriors and Canterbury.
James Segeyaro is also set to extend his time at the club by at least 12 months.
NICE LIDDLE SIGNING FOR TIGERS
THE Tigers have re-signed hooker Jacob Liddle as they continue to plan for Robbie Farah's impending retirement.
Farah is yet to decide if he will play on next year but Liddle will stay on. The club is also considering shifting Moses Mbye to hooker in the pre-season while Billy Walters - who made his NRL debut for Storm this year - is also on the club's radar. On Farah - who will play his 300th game on Friday night - Wests Tigers will celebrate his achievement at Leichhardt Oval when they host the Cowboys on Thursday.
There will be "Robbie 300" T-shirts plus a special note on the scoreboard that became an iconic spot for Farah after he sat there alone in what was thought to be his final season at the club in 2016.
PEARCE BOUNDS INTO KANGAROOS CONTENTION
COULD Mitchell Pearce be closing in on a long-craved Kangaroos debut? Australian coach Mal Meninga thinks so, having long been a fan of Pearce.
Pearce's game-three performance in Origin impressed Meninga and he could consider him for the utility role alongside club teammate Kalyn Ponga and Maroons hooker Ben Hunt for Australia's two end-of-season Tests.
"Mitch is a big body so he could play 14," Meninga said. "The door is not shut on him. He has had an outstanding season.
"I wish him all the best for the rest of the year. He handled his job (in Origin). He is a super player."
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