Segeyaro to remain at the Rhinos

James Segeyaro has given the biggest hint yet that he is going to stay at Leeds.

The new Rhinos hooker made his debut in last week’s victory over Hull FC after the club announced that he had signed until the end of the season, with a view to “a potential long-term arrangement.” The deal in place resulted in Zak Hardaker moving the other way.

However, the Papua New Guniea star has now confirmed that he has signed with the club until the end of the 2018 season and doesn’t plan to return to the NRL anytime soon.

“My contract runs until 2018, I signed for two years,” he said. “The call is in my favour. There’s an option for me to leave if I want to but I’ve signed until 2018.”

It had been reported in Australia that Segeyaro was keen on a quick return to Australia, however the man himself talked down such speculation.

“Maybe, I don’t know, I kind of like it over here,” he said.

“I’m just happy to play football and these boys have welcomed me with open arms. In that kind of environment, you don’t want to leave.

“It’s a winning environment, a place where I feel I can succeed more in my career.”

After falling out with former coach Anthony Griffin, Segeyaro spoke highly of his new coach, James Segeyaro.

“He’s a very good coach. He coaches to play football. Some coaches are more structured in the sense of completions and stuff but under Mac it’s not a black and white game, there’s a bit of grey there.

“He reminds me of Ivan Cleary, I played my best footie under him, and I believe I’m going to play my best footie under Mac.

“It’s very exciting times for myself, keep working hard and keep getting wins for the Rhinos.”