Parramatta Eels' Brad Takairangi forms partnership with Semi Radradra

Brad Takairangi
Brad Takairangi

MEET Brad Takairangi, or as you may know him, that guy who plays next to Semi Radradra.

Takairangi is one half of the most exciting left edges in the NRL.

He is almost the forgotten half in a combination that has yielded the bulk of points for the Eels in 2015.

But he wouldn't have it any other way — the way he sees it he has the best seat in the house to watch one of the game's true entertainers.

"Not many players can do what Semi can do," Takairangi said.

"It's awesome to have him back in the team; he is so explosive and I know any bit of space I can give him it is going to beneficial for the team.

"Our whole left edge is pretty close on and off the field and that shows on the field.

"It's great to have Semi fit and I love knowing he is outside me."

The Takairangi journey is an interesting one.

A Sharks junior, he played two years with the Rabbitohs Holden Cup team before making his debut with the Roosters in 2010 where he managed only 29 games in three seasons.

So off to the Gold Coast the bits-and-pieces player went for one reason only.

"I wanted to establish myself as a regular first grader and I think I did that at the Titans," said Takairangi, who has also played internationals for the Cook Islands.

"It's great to be back in Sydney and with my family and I am really loving my time at Parramatta."

Takairangi, whose dad Louis played for the Eels in 1987, is hoping that his third NRL club will be his last.

A late starter with the blue and gold after his Wests Tigers contract fell through, the 25-year-old earned a two-year contract extension after a great start to the season that has seen him keep young guns John Folau and Vai Toutai in the NSW Cup.

Eels coach Brad Arthur said Takairangi is a good fit for the team.

"Brad's been a great addition to the team and he's the sort of player I like — he's got plenty of footy in him and he's worked really hard to improve his defence," Arthur said.

"He's added a bit of steel to our left side and developed a really strong combination with Corey Norman."

Takairangi said he was back to 100 per cent after a knee injury kept him sidelined for a few weeks. He has set himself one goal for the rest of the season.

"As a group our main focus is consistency and playing for the full 80 minutes," he said.

This story Takairangi happy to be next to Big Semi first appeared on Parramatta Sun.

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