-NEWS- After sleepless night, Segeyaro wakes up to boyhood Broncos dream

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After sleepless night, Segeyaro wakes up to boyhood Broncos dream

Joel Gould
May 13, 2019

James Segeyaro will be living his boyhood dream when he plays for Brisbane on Friday after a whirlwind 48 hours transported him from the Newtown Jets to the club he grew up supporting.

The 30-year-old hooker trained at Broncos HQ on Monday for the first time after a sleepless night in Brisbane as he tossed and turned with nerves about the lifeline handed to him.

The Broncos reached out to the former Sharks rake in the wake of Andrew McCullough being ruled out of action for six to eight weeks with an MCL injury.

After playing the first couple of months of the season with Newtown in the Canterbury Cup, he is set to come off the bench on Friday against the Sydney Roosters as back-up to inexperienced Jake Turpin.

"It happened within 48 hours to be honest. I got a call from my manager letting me know there was an opportunity up here and he said 'are you keen?' and I said 'one hundred per cent. Get me there'. It's a dream come true," Segeyaro said.

"I didn’t get much sleep last night. I have been at a couple of clubs before but I was just so nervous to come in. I woke up at 2.30am and then again at 4.30am.

"It is good to get my first session out of the way. It was the butterflies like my first day at school sort of thing. I’ve settled in with the boys now so I am pretty stoked.

"Growing up in Cairns the Broncos were my number one team even though the Cowboys were down the road. I didn’t ever think it would be a possibility playing for the Broncos but Darren Lockyer was my favourite player and I had photos up of Karmichael Hunt."

Segeyaro was squeezed out of Cronulla's top 30 due to the club having $350,000 wiped off their salary cap.

"The club was in a financial way where they couldn’t register my contract. It was just the situation. It was no one’s fault," he said.

"I wanted to stay at the club because I was settled mentally but as soon as the opportunity came up to come to the Broncos I jumped at it. To come back to Queensland, there is not much distraction here and now I can focus on footy and every day try and get better.

"Hopefully I can do the boys proud and get them a win [against the Roosters]. It is a challenge to test myself against the best. They have been red hot this year. I just want to bring energy and the little things when I come that can be a turning point, and hopefully give them the spark they need."

The former Panthers and Cowboys journeyman has signed for the rest of 2019 but has his sights set on an extension. "I can only hope," he said.

Segeyaro also has several irons in the fire off the field, and trained as a barista at former Dragons winger Jason Nightingale's cafe.

"I was still training and doing that on my days off and it is something I am passionate about," he said.

"Outside of footy you have got to find a passion because footy isn’t going to last forever. I have a clothing label as well, and coffee and hospitality is something I want to get into later.

"If I am investing a lot of money in something I wanted to make sure it is something I like day-to-day.

"Sometimes in the footy world you can live inside a bubble so it was a good mental break from footy."

Source: NRL.com


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He looks so friendly. I don't see how someone that friendly looking could be associated with criminals.



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I think he's gonna do great. Away from the various temptations in Sydney, not to mention Corey Norman, I think he will thrive in the relatively quieter surroundings up here.
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Rookie Alan

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No matter what kind of history he has, he’s at the age turn to Man from big boy. I think he will use 100% to perform as he only got 2/3 of season to prove to the club for his future.

Given his age and experience, I wouldn’t be surprised if some of us call him as our leader in the team after several round


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Very exciting indeed. He's coming into a team that's dropping balls and bombing tries though, but hopefully there is some energy in the place this week and they are up for the Roosters.

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Despite rumours regarding his off field behaviours in the past, Hopefully he is one of those individuals who flourish when given greater responsibility or avsenior role.

It also appears he clearly knows what his job is on the field too which will be good


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So excited to have Segs in our jersey.

I reckon he has an infectious enthusiasm that this squad sorely needs. Van't wait to see him play and hopefully he lives up to his potential and can nail a regular spot in the 17.

We now have Turpin who has proven he can handle first grade and Segeyaro is a proven first grader too. Macca has never been under more pressure to retain his jersey and I think that'll be great for his game too.
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this guy gonna be the superstar he always should have been

I'm fknpumped

Edit , this "I can beat the chooks attitude" is absolutelyfknkey. Every player 1 to 17 needs to believe this to their core
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Fantastic player. I'm willing to give him a chance. This will be a test for the Broncos culture. Seems to be failing James Roberts, but that story isn't done yet.


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this guy gonna be the superstar he always should have been

I'm fknpumped

Edit , this "I can beat the chooks attitude" is absolutelyfknkey. Every player 1 to 17 needs to believe this to their core
From reserve grader to NRL superstar at age 28, you reckon? Let's hope he can keep up with the pace of it. He has joined a struggling side who need a little spark in that position. Hopefully he provides that.


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A win isn't out of the question. Roosters looked spent by the end of last game, injuries and playing on a shithouse field took it's toll. As long as we're still in it at halftime I give us a good chance. I will be pissed off if we start losing and heads drop and the arm flapping begins.

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