Leeds plan to sue hooker James Segeyaro



  • UK Super League giants Leeds plan to sue want-away hooker James Segeyaro and have slapped a $425,000 transfer fee on his head.

    Leeds Rhinos boss Gary Hetherington confirmed his club had engaged Australian-based lawyers to sue Segeyaro for refusing to return to England for the final two years of his deal.

    The impending transfer fee severely hinders his hopes of an NRL return given the $425,000, and Segeyaro’s subsequent contract, would be counted on a club’s salary cap.

    The overall fee to snare Segeyaro could reach almost $1 million because clubs will need to offer the rake a deal at market value and be forced to pay a 50 per cent loading — $212,500 — on the transfer fee, although that would be exempt from the cap and is directed to the NRL’s welfare and education fund.

    Leeds say they are planning to sue James Segeyaro if he fails to return to England. Picture: Tim Hunter.
    That figure would place Segeyaro in the top pay bracket reserved for the game’s elite like Johnathan Thurston.

    Segeyaro told The Sunday Telegraph nine days ago he was homesick and had no intention of returning to Leeds next month, despite being contracted until the end of 2018.

    He has been heavily linked with premiers Cronulla as a replacement for retiree Michael Ennis.

    It’s understood Segeyaro’s management has already written to Leeds, informing them the 26-year-old will not return.

    “When James’ manager <big>Sam Ayoub</big> sold him to us, he described him as a ‘world-class player with very special talents’, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that someone with that status commands a healthy value,’’ Hetherington said of the transfer fee.

    Hetherington, who has been in Australia on holidays, said last week he would not release Segeyaro, and he was contracted until November 2018.

    He said at the time it was a matter of principle, and the “whole integrity of the game starts to be challenged’’ when players and clubs don’t honour contracts.


    Leeds say they are planning to sue James Segeyaro if he fails to return to England.
    The legal action completes a forgettable year for Segeyaro who was issued a police warning for consorting with criminals before being released by Penrith after he struggled to win back the No. 9 jumper from Peter Wallace.


    Not only do Leeds believe Segeyaro has breached his contract, they also feel they will suffer financially by not having him back in action. There will also be an impact on merchandise and membership sales.

    “We’re very disappointed in James because he clearly came to us initially on an arrangement until the end of the season, and with a clear intent to extend that arrangement if he was happy, which he did on September 1,’’ Hetherington told The Daily Telegraph.

    “James could have ended our arrangement and signed with an NRL club, but he didn’t, and gave a firm commitment to the club.’’



  • Im shocked….



  • good



  • There’s some irony there seeing as who is manager is.



  • Sue his arse off…a better offer comes along so screw everyone else it me me me



  • Good on you Leeds! It is better for the game if contracts mean something. Segayaro’s actions are hard to understand if he signed on again in September and now wants out in December. Is homesickness a medical condition?



  • @Paris Cobbs:

    Good on you Leeds! It is better for the game if contracts mean something. Segayaro’s actions are hard to understand if he signed on again in September and now wants out in December. Is homesickness a medical condition?

    homesickness works for brisbane everytime



  • @Paris Cobbs:

    Good on you Leeds! It is better for the game if contracts mean something. Segayaro’s actions are hard to understand if he signed on again in September and now wants out in December. Is homesickness a medical condition?

    Probably because when he signed on in September he had every intention of just walking out if a better offer came along…and then the reigning premiers of the NRL came knocking…



  • @Paris Cobbs:

    Is homesickness a medical condition?

    Commonly known as Extremus Peaheartedness I believe……many cases have centred around the Brisbane Broncos in recent seasons.
    Maybe Seggy is missing his Dirk Diggler days with Eccy Norman?



  • Gary Hetherington can start as CEO of the NRL tomorrow as far as I’m concerned.



  • Yep, if neither party can come to an arrangement on adjusting the terms of the contract, then said contract must be seen out.

    Meet your end of the deal Seggy or pay the price.


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    He’s not that good…Sam



  • He’s been there for a year or so, said multiple times how much he was enjoying playing over there, re-signed just a couple of months ago and suddenly now he has homesickness? Lol, no chance Segeyaro. You’ll be back in England in no time or you won’t be playing league again for a few years.

    Choice is his.



  • How was Segeyaro let go in the first place? He was one of the NRL’s best hookers.



  • @upthetigers:

    How was Segeyaro let go in the first place? He was one of the NRL’s best hookers.

    Form slump coupled with negative press coupled with a new coach coupled with the emergence of a number of play making options that changed what the Panthers felt they needed at dummy half coupled with a desire on the part of the club to free up cash to sign their young talent. Perfect storm, seeya Seggy.


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