Semi Radradra of the Eels scores one of his four tries last week against the Dragons.
Semi Radradra of the Eels scores one of his four tries last week against the Dragons. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Eels coach stays out of Radrada representative debate

PARRAMATTA coach Brad Arthur has refused to enter into the debate on whether Semi Radradra should get another chance to play for the Kangaroos.

Radradra has been in impressive form scoring four tries last week as the Eels moved to the top of the NRL ladder.

The Fijian-born winger's decision to move to French rugby at the end of the season appears to have worked against him, with national coach Mal Meninga re-affirming his stance on Wednesday, that Radradra would not be considered for a Kangaroos return.

But Arthur would not get drawn on the issue when talking to reporters yesterday.

"I think we've got quite a few players in our team that are good enough to be playing rep football but at the end of the day I don't make those decisions," he said.

"That's Mal's decision. I pick what players play in the blue and gold, that's all that concerns me."

Radradra's future is still shrouded by his domestic violence court case against his former partner but his coach said his teammates had helped him to get his head together, resulting in his good performances.

"Semi's in a really good spot now," Arthur said.

"We've seen in his first two performances that he is focused and it's our job to make sure he's in a happy place here and he just concentrates on his football moving forward.

"His teammates are really good for him. Our training environment that we have down here.

"It's as place of work but it's also a place they enjoy coming to and if you've got a fun workplace, you can get a lot more out of them.

"That's a credit to the club for providing this for us but also a credit to his teammates for being there and supporting him."

The Eels will take on the winless Titans on Saturday with the Gold Coast missing former Parramatta great Jarryd Hayne with an ankle injury, with a number of others on the sidelines.

Parramatta will be missing their own star player, Corey Norman, who Arthur revealed had played through a lot of last week's win over St George with a hamstring injury which will keep him out Saturday.

"That's a good sign for us, that he knew it was important that he stayed on the field and really didn't let on too much about his hamstring strain to the staff until half-time," Arthur said.

"He said he could just do the job for us in the second half and steer us around.

"He done that, and once we get him back to full fitness, hopefully he's only going to be better for us."

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