Leeds Rhinos hooker James Segeyaro has agreed a new 2-year deal with the club, meaning he will remain at Headingley until at least the end of the 2018 season.
Segeyaro joined the Rhinos in June as part of the swap loan deal that saw current Man of Steel Zak Hardaker head the other way to the Panthers, and has a great effect on the team since making his debut in the win over Hull FC. He has won all 7 games he has played for the Rhinos, as well as scoring 5 tries and bringing some much needed flair, organisation and leadership.
The news will come as a relief to the club and the Rhinos fans, who were playing the waiting game to see if the Papua New Guinean would take up the option to extend his stay in England after initially arriving on a loan deal from NRL side Penrith Panthers. The original deal also meant that Segeyaro could return to down under as soon as next season if he were to receive and accept an offer from an Australian side.
But, Segeyaro has settled into English game quickly and has said on a few occasions that the club and city have made him feel welcome and at home, so has made the decision to stay at Leeds and give Super League a go after only getting to play the last 3 games of the 2016 regular season.
On his new deal, he said: ‘’I’ve really enjoyed my time so far in Leeds and I’m here to win trophies and play in the big games. Hopefully, we can have a strong finish to the season and I’m really excited about 2017’’.
Leeds coach Brian McDermott also commented on the news: ‘’It’s great to have secured James’ services for the next two seasons. He’s been a very influential player for us since he signed for the club and is a great character to have around the camp. The standard of the competition will no doubt improve again next season and to have signed a player of his quality is very significant for us’’.
What do you think of the news? Will Segeyaro be able to help Leeds get back towards the top of Super League in 2017? And where does he rank compared to the other hookers in Super League right now? Let us know your thoughts!