NEWS Segeyaro wants to seal the deal

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James Segeyaro wants long-term deal with Brisbane after star turn against Roosters

May 18, 2019

Brisbane mid-season recruit James Segeyaro has set his sights on a contract extension at the Broncos in the wake of his remarkable match-winning cameo against the Roosters on Friday night.

In the space of a week, Segeyaro has gone from a Sydney barista languishing in reserve grade at Newtown to the Brisbane super-sub who has given a caffeine hit to the Broncos’ interchange bench.

The Broncos’ hooking position was in a state of crisis a fortnight ago when incumbent Queensland rake Andrew McCullough suffered a freak knee injury at training, ruling him out of Origin I on June 5.

But McCullough’s absence has opened the door for industrious Jake Turpin and the explosive Segeyaro, whose dummy-half snipe in the 70th minute sealed an epic 15-10 victory over the Roosters in his Broncos debut.

Segeyaro’s arrival at Red Hill has been so swift he is staying in temporary accommodation in Brisbane’s CBD and was driven to the Roosters game by Broncos five-eighth Anthony Milford.

But after making an instant impact in Broncos colours, former Cowboys, Cronulla and Penrith schemer Segeyaro hopes his six-month deal turns into an extended stay with the club he supported as a kid.

“That’s what I hope for, to stay on here at the Broncos,” Segeyaro said.

“I came here for an opportunity and in the last six days, my parents flew down (from Cairns) and that speaks highly of the Broncos, getting my mum and dad to the game to present my jersey.

“I’ve always dreamt of playing for the Broncos since I was young so that was special.

“Now I want to be a part of this club for a longer term, I’d love to be here beyond this year but we’ll see what happens.

“I have to keep playing well.”

A veteran of 141 first-grade games, Segeyaro was in danger of hitting a dead-end at Newtown before the shock Broncos lifeline which inspired his Suncorp heroics.

“Lucky person, lucky time,” he said of his match-winning try.

“It’s funny how life works. One day you are working as a barista playing reserve grade … the next you are playing NRL and scoring the winning try.

“You can’t plan for things like that (scoring the match-winner), you just let second nature take control of you.

“It was a slow play the ball, so I thought I might have a sniff here … and it smelled good.

“It’s been a very emotional time, very challenging mentally.

“The last six to eight months has been very tough for myself, but I never thought about quitting, that’s stupid.

“I always stayed positive. If you think you are good enough and you work hard, the luckier you get. I knew if I kept training hard, an opportunity would come somewhere.

“I’ve played 140-odd games so I know what it takes to succeed at this level.

“I’m very grateful to Anthony Seibold (coach) and the Broncos for throwing me a lifeline.”

Seibold lauded Segeyaro’s instant impact.

“I thought he might have a crack at some stage because he is pretty good close to the line, so that was really enjoyable to see,” he said.

“He has been a good addition to our team, he brings a lot of character to our team. It was a good start for him.”

Source: Courier Mail
 

Tom

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Keeper. Probably on close to minimum wage too by the sounds of it.
 

Jason Simmons

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Yep, at 28 he probably has 3-4 more years in him at best, unless he can evolve his game away from his running game and explosiveness out of dummy half.

Wouldn’t be adverse to a contract extension and a bit of extra cash for him. ATM, I’d happily give him next year as well and then he can earn the final 2-3 years through performance.
 
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The real truth is he COULD be on 400k next year. No, I don't mean that's what we will or could offer him but what he could make happen. If he has a stellar season and propels the Broncos to real threat status his stocks could rise enormously. Imagine if he gave it everything and started scoring tries left right and centre, the Broncos would be noticed and the question raised would be 'what turned the Broncos around?'

If a revival happens and the miracle scenario eventuates he will get his name up in lights. The Broncos are big news and sure, AS would get enormous credit but Segeyaro would be noticed because it happened when he joined. No, I'm not saying it would be due to his arrival but a lot won't see it that way. A new attitude, great wraps from team mates and media alike and a dearth of Cook like hookers available.

Like I said, it's a scenario that COULD happen and equally he might only play two games for us too! I'll bet he's loving the ride atm. Living in interesting times.
 
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I'd say yes with both hands, but depends what he's asking, and whether we can unload Macca. Can we afford three specialist hookers on the books?

There's also the question of when to pounce. His forward value might be good as it gets right now if he ends up having a stellar season for us and attracts outside bids. Which I think he will.
 

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3-4 weeks in the team should give a better gauge of his on field performance, training ethic and relationship with others in the team. I would be looking to make a call then. Probably get him at that time at a reasonable price before other teams come sniffing.
 

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3-4 weeks in the team should give a better gauge of his on field performance, training ethic and relationship with others in the team. I would be looking to make a call then. Probably get him at that time at a reasonable price before other teams come sniffing.
This. The guy was out in the wilderness for a long time with nobody willing to take the chance. I don't know why that is but it certainly makes me hesitant. I'd go with 3-4 weeks of him in the team and offer him another year. I don't want to pounce before we know him a bit better, but I don't want us to wait until his stocks rise...and I think they will. Also dependent on what happens with Macca.
 

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This. The guy was out in the wilderness for a long time with nobody willing to take the chance. I don't know why that is but it certainly makes me hesitant. I'd go with 3-4 weeks of him in the team and offer him another year. I don't want to pounce before we know him a bit better, but I don't want us to wait until his stocks rise...and I think they will. Also dependent on what happens with Macca.
Who?
 

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We would be absolutely crazy to tie him down to a decent deal. I wouldn't even contemplate it until after the final game. If he gets a decent deal elsewhere so be it. If he does well and doesnt show a bit of loyalty to a team thats helped him get back on track then stuff him.
 

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We would be absolutely crazy to tie him down to a decent deal. I wouldn't even contemplate it until after the final game. If he gets a decent deal elsewhere so be it. If he does well and doesnt show a bit of loyalty to a team thats helped him get back on track then stuff him.
Yip keep him hungry to perform. Once he realises how good this team is shaping up to be I think he'll be more than happy to stay. He has also said that this is a great base from which to make a tilt at origin. So there is that too.
 

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This. The guy was out in the wilderness for a long time with nobody willing to take the chance. I don't know why that is but it certainly makes me hesitant. I'd go with 3-4 weeks of him in the team and offer him another year. I don't want to pounce before we know him a bit better, but I don't want us to wait until his stocks rise...and I think they will. Also dependent on what happens with Macca.
Looks like there trying to off load Macca.(well according to the courier)
Who would want to buy him... maybe some English club.
 

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