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Segeyaro confirms he’s received a train-and-trial deal

29 Jan 22, 11:42AM 0 Comments

Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk

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James Segeyaro has had a lengthy career with many ups and downs throughout thus far, but in 2019 it seemed that it was all coming to an end as the 31-year-old tested positive di-hydroxy LGD-4033 and was given a four-year ban from Rugby League by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

A four-year ban would effectively end Segeyaro’s career, with the hooker not being allowed to play until he was coming up to his 33rd birthday and with no first grade game time for that substantial period.

Thankfully for Segeyaro, he had his ban halved and was free to return from the 18th of February 2021, and it seems that he is finally starting to get some contract offers according to the man himself via his YouTube channel aptly named Chicko.

“I just got a call from my manager saying I got a contract, well, pretty much a train and trial,” said Segeyaro on a vlog for his channel.

“You don’t know how pumped I am right now.

“I knew it, I knew it, stay in there, believe, stay in there and keep on the grind.”

Segeyaro is understandably excited to be back after all this time and has maintained a sufficient training schedule during his time away from the game.

The attention now turns to exactly which club Segeyaro has earned this train and trial contract with.

For several years the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs have been seeking a first-grade quality hooker, which they will get in 2023 with Reed Mahoney but may look to sign the former Papua New Guinea International on a one-year deal.

Newcastle is also a little thin on their ranks at dummy-half, with Jayden Brailey’s preseason injury ruling him out for the first half of the year at least, and the Titans recently missed out on Brandon Smith, and could also use an addition to their small group of number nines.

Realistically, any of these clubs would be willing to give Segeyaro a shot at redemption in 2022 and can use him in first grade at least on a squad rotation basis.

It seems all will be revealed very soon as James Segeyaro looks to return to the NRL.

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