Toloun 'jump the gun' on Semi

by AFP

Rugby league star Semi Radradra's manager Tuesday hit out at French union side Toulon for announcing it had signed the troubled winger, who faces domestic violence charges.

George Christodoulou insisted a deal had yet to be penned for the Parramatta Els player and the Top-14 team had "jumped the gun".

"This is a massive disappointment, they have jumped the gun," he told Sydney's Daily Telegraph after Toulon trumpeted his signing on a one-year deal Monday.
Toulon has announced the acquisition of Parramatta winger Semi Radradra. Photo:Getty Images"A pre-contract, let alone a final contract, hasn't even been issued to us. Nothing has been signed.

"Yes, the offer on the table is a good one, which is for 2018, but nothing has been signed.

"The powerful 24-year-old was voted player of the year in the Australian National Rugby League in 2014 and 2015 and was also top try scorer for 2015.

He came through the ranks as a union player and has also played sevens for Fiji.

If the Toulon deal pans out, he will join several Australians there including James O'Connor, Matt Giteau, and Drew Mitchell with the team rebuilding under English coach Mike Ford.
Mourad Boudjellal welcomes high profile recruit Ma'a Nonu. Photo: AFPThe French side's announcement Monday capped an eventful day for Radradra who failed to appear for a Sydney court hearing into domestic violence allegations involving his ex-partner Perina Ting.

An unimpressed magistrate gave him until Wednesday to explain himself or face an arrest warrant.

Reports said he was in Fiji to visit his ill father.