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Semi Radradra in action against the Dragons on Monday night.

Parramatta winger Semi Radradra has ensured Eels fans he is committed to the club in 2017, and has hinted he could return to the game after a stint with Toulon in French rugby.

‌Speaking after training on Thursday, the 24-year-old said he was just keen to pull on the jersey again when Parramatta clash with Manly at Lottoland on Sunday. 

"I cant wait, I'm keen as it's been a long pre-season for the boys," Radradra said. 

"It's not hard [to focus]. I'm just taking it day-by-day and worrying about playing rugby league this year."

While a pending court case brought the former Australian winger into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons over the off-season, Radradra said it was important to sort out his playing future prior to the start of Round 1.

"I don't regret any decision I made [about leaving at the end of the season]," Radradra said.

"If it's coming from inside me, I never regret anything.

"I'm upset for the fans for sure, but it's a business nowadays and I need to do what's best for my family.

"I think it's the best thing for me to go play rugby union and hopefully if I get the chance to come back, I'd like to."

Radradra's defection to rugby union was not taken well by Australian coach Mal Meninga, who originally picked and defended the decision to select the Fijian international for the Anzac Test in May last year. 

The former Queensland coach publicly confirmed Radradra would not be eligible for future representative games in Kangaroos colours back in January, including the 2017 World Cup to be held in Australia, New Zealand and PNG at the end of the year.

"I was very disappointed, but that’s business these days and I just took it like a man," he said.

"Playing for Australia was the best moment of my life to represent that jumper and it's unlucky they're not going to pick me because I'm off to union but that's business."

Despite leaving rugby league at season's end, Radradra left the door open for a return in the future, and more importantly for Eels fans, with the blue and gold. 

"I don't know, we will see what happens," he said. 

"I would love to come back to Parra."

The Eels will open their campaign against a new-look Sea Eagles side that boasts signings Blake Green, Akuila Uate and Curtis Sironen in their starting 13.

The try-scoring winger has a dominant record against the silvertails, scoring 10 tries from six appearances including a hat-trick in Round 1, 2015. 

"We just need to trust each other in defence but it wont be easy playing in their territory," Radradra said.

"I've been working on my defence, communication and combination with the backline so hopefully it shows come Sunday."


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