CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 14: James Segeyaro of the Panthers passes the ball during the round 10 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the New Zealand Warriors at AMI Stadium on May 14, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

James Segeyaro will join the Sharks as soon as this week and the talented hooker is expected to be named later today in coach Shane Flanagan’s 21-man squad to play the Eels.

After being granted permission to officially train with the club late last week, Segeyaro has been provided with a release from UK SuperLeague Club the Leeds Rhinos and once his new contract has been registered by the NRL will be eligible to turn out for the Sharks.

The new contract with the Sharks will be for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Having played 103 games in the NRL, 70 for the Panthers and 33 in North Queensland as a Cowboy, Segeyaro endured a frustrating year with injury in the UK, hence his decision to return home.

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His signing ends months of speculation with Flanagan looking forward to having him on board and to be assisting youngster Jayden Brailey in the Sharks hooking role.

“I’m excited to have him in my squad,” Flanagan said. “James has missed a fair bit of training and we probably won’t see the best of him for a few weeks however he is a quality player and one that will certainly add something to our team.

“He gives us some real competition at hooker and Jayden (Brailey) will need some help during the year and James will provide that.”

An exciting ball runner and a dangerous attacking weapon, Segeyaro led the Panthers in line breaks in 2014, a year in which he was named Dally M Hooker of the Year. He has scored 34 tries in his 103 top grade games.

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A Papua New Guinea international, Segeyaro played just four matches for the Panthers in 2016 before moving to Leeds where he ran out for the Rhinos on 10 occasions.


  1. Sharks top 4 for sure, why would you want to sign a player that can’t respect a contract when signed? this reflects on his character , i only wish Leeds had of made him stay in limbo for two years, cause that’s what he deserves, after all he let them down and could not give a f,,k , so if things don’t go so well at Cronulla he may do the same, shame on Cronulla for this one, i hope it turns out to be crap for them.

  2. Get over yourself , your carrying on like he stole money from a charity and shafted his mates ,

  3. As things stand currently, IMO the Sharks miss the top 8. With Segeyaro playing close to 80 mins at his best that would make the the Sharks top 8 for sure (can’t agree with top 4 though at this point of the season based on the runs on the board). Neither Holmes or Bird have made the same impression at FB as Barba did in 2016 so the Sharks’ spine is still out of sorts, especially as their halves have lost their mojo ATM. There is a lot of football to be played so it is still too hard to say anything with certainty but there are a lot of ageing players at the Sharks and not much serious depth in key positions. That can be a bad thing for the team as a whole over a long and gruelling season but could have a positive influence on Seggy as players like Gallen, Lewis and Maloney could pull him into line.

    Even though Segeyaro started at Souths I wouldn’t want to see him back with the Rabbitohs given his current behaviour and contractual instability. He was cut by Souths for disciplinary reasons back in 2007 so I am sure Madge wouldn’t touch him (even if we didn’t have Farah and Cook).

    @74liatrevlis, the question is, would you be happy to have Seggy at the Sea Eagles given his on going disciplinary issues and the fact he is a flight risk?

    • No ,because there are no mature men at Manly , the likes of Lewis,Gal,Maloney these fellas will guide him , look I don’t agree with what’s happened re contracts in past but if that’s the worst he’s done then give him a go ,

      • I can understand him wishing to leave it was the way he did it, why not go and ask the CEO for a official release instead of staying in Aust saying i’m not coming back, thats what i really was trying to say./

    • I know history is sometimes hard to repeat but may I remind you that Cronulla were 1-2 after round 3 last year and the rest certainly is history…….

  4. I am not sold on this purchase. Seggy is a good player and I hope he is good for the Sharks, but he brings baggage. Penso is right, the way he got out of his deal in the UK does not sit right with me. He has had a couple of off field incidents too, nothing major, but hopefully a pattern doesn’t appear there.

    If he plays like he did at the Panthers then the Sharks will benefit from this signing. I do feel for Brailey though, I would have liked to see him get the full season, but Seggy does offer the team a lot more in attack, which, with the players they lost this year, is what the team probably needs.

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