Given that expensive rugby league converts tend to require a certain amount time to make the transition across to union, clubs can be forgiven for thinking twice before shelling out on massive contracts.
However Toulon are not a club associated with such hesitation, instead they tend to drive forward irrespective of the consequences. Despite many commentators raising concerns over Quade Cooper joining the club in 2015, Mourad Boudjellal went to great lengths to attain the Australian.
Likewise, Ayumu Goromaru hasn’t yet replicated the form he demonstrated at the 2015 World Cup with either the Queensland Reds or Toulon, while Ma’a Nonu has yet to make a significant impact at the Stade Mayol.
Nevertheless, Boudjellal does not seem bothered about replicating the same mistake, after Fox Sports confirmed Australian Rugby League star, Semi Radradra, had agreed to join Toulon.
The Fijian born player has become an integral part of the Parramatta Eels squad in recent seasons, and was the NRL’s top try scorer in 2015.
Although he only managed to cross the whitewash 12 times in 2016, Radradra arguably scored the try of the season by evading six Rabbitohs defenders before touching down.
Nevertheless, despite his undoubted talent with ball in hand, Radradra faces a court appearance in February in relation to a domestic violence charge.
This however has not deterred Toulon, who have signed the one time capped Australian rugby league star on a two year contract worth $1.5 million dollars.
Although the second year of his contract will only be activated if both parties agree to an extension, Radradra will only arrive at the Stade Mayol in November 2017.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena