Heading over to England for a change and for a new challenge, James Segeyaro has enjoyed his time so much that he has opted to stay in the Super League for a further two seasons.
Segeyaro today re-signed with the Leeds Rhinos on a 2-year deal, with the former Penrith Panther and North Queensland Cowboys hooker pleased with the decision and looking forward to the future.
â€œIâ€™ve really enjoyed my time so far in Leeds and Iâ€™m here to win trophies with the Rhinos and play in the big games,” said Segeyaro.
“Hopefully, we can have a strong finish to this season and Iâ€™m really excited about 2017.â€
Initially signing him to see how Segeyaro would adapt to the game and culture, the club moved swiftly to keep him on board when they learnt of his desire to stay.
â€œThe intention when James joined us in July was for him to be with us until at least the end of 2018, but given he had never been to England before, it was sensible for both him and the club to use this season to ensure both parties were committed to the future, and Iâ€™m very happy to say, that has proved to be the case,” said Leeds CEO, Gary Hetherington.
â€œJames has settled in well and he has made a big contribution to the team performance. Heâ€™s a World Class talent and this is good news for Leeds Rhinos and Super League.â€
In what has been an up and down type of year for the Rhinos, re-signing Segeyaro is key for them as they look to rebuild.
Itâ€™s great to have secured Jamesâ€™ services for the next two seasons,” said Leeds coach, Brian McDermott.
“Heâ€™s been a very influential player for us since he signed for the club and he 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.â€