Tensions have started to hit up over the Leeds vs James Segeyaro saga, as the player’s manager opened up to the Australian press stating Segeyaro’s contact is “invalid”. However, Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington was quick to respond to suggestions that the former Penrith hooker was a free agent after he signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at the club in June last year. Segeyaro who is currently in Australia after refusing to return to Leeds for preseason training, is thought to be interesting NRL Champions Cronulla Sharks, however, the £250,000 price tag Leeds have placed on the player is believed to be a major stumbling block!
Over in the North West, St Helens have cited Widnes prop forward Manase Manuokafoa over a dangerous tackle on St Helens off season star signing Matty Smith, who now faces a number of weeks on the side lines with a suspected broken leg. Smith was on his 2nd debut with the Saints after he has recently re-joined his home town club after a number of successful seasons at Super League Champions Wigan. After the game, St Helens boss Cunningham said” It’s a tackle that I’ve been trying to get outlawed for three years. We’ve lost more than two people to it with broken legs and probably three or four with syndesmosis through that tackle”
With Smith unlikely to be fit for the opening rounds of the season, Saints will now have to look at either using new recruit Tommy Lee, veteran John Wilkin, or the up and coming Danny Richards to partner Theo Fages in the halves for Sunday’s game against Castleford.
Over the last week, Salford have completed the signing of Australian Todd Carney for the 2017 season. Carney had been released by Catalan Dragons at the end of last year, with the intentions of trying to resurrect his NRL career. However, with the NRL refusing to register the player due to past behavioural issues, the former Dally M medal and International Player of the Year winner was forced to return to Super League.