James Segeyaro details his battle to return from the wilderness after drug bust
James Segeyaro details his battle to return from the desert after the drug bust, revealing that he worked as a traffic controller before taking an NRL lifeline with Manly
- James Segeyaro was suspended by the NRL for a failed drug test in October 2019
- He was retroactively suspended for 20 months in February 2020
- PNG International worked as a traffic controller and tradie during his time away
- The hooker has played six games for the Manly feeder club in the NSW Cup
- And could return to the NRL in Round 11 against Parramatta
A year after working as a concrete and traffic controller, James Segeyaro could return to the NRL next week when Manly take on Parramatta in round 11.
The prostitute was suspended by the NRL in October 2019 for returning a positive drug sample, which a court found inadvertently entered her system due to a housemate’s blender, and was later given a 20-month retroactive ban. in February 2020.
The Papua New Guinea international has played six games for the Blacktown Workers, Manly’s feeder club, in the New South Wales Cup, enough to earn a $1,000-per-week training and testing contract with the Sea Eagles.
James Segeyaro could return to the NRL next week when Manly plays Parramatta
A meeting with Manly boss Des Hasler last week further rekindled his love for the game.
Dessie [Hasler] I went down to the field and it was the best thing I needed at the time,” Segeyaro told the daily telegraph.
He was yelling in my ear and I haven’t had that in the last two years from someone like him.
The former Brisbane Broncos star was suspended for failing a doping test in October 2019
‘The passion he has, I felt it. For the head coach to come and give me that push was special.
‘You still got the fire “Chicko” [Segeyaro’s nickname]is what I was yelling and it gets the best of me.’
The Sea Eagles were thrashed 38-0 by the Broncos on Friday in the Magic Round in Brisbane and face the high-flying Eels next Thursday and the Melbourne Storm the following week.
Given how much it cost Manly to move the ball and unlock the Broncos’ defense on Friday night, it wouldn’t be surprising if Hasler considered Segeyaro as an option for his matchup with Parramatta.
The former Sharks hooker then received a 20-month ban in February 2020
It would mark a remarkable return for the 31-year-old, who is determined to make the most of his second chance after spending time off a game working a number of different jobs.
“With a lot of time away from the game, I’ve had a chance to reflect and understand to appreciate what you have,” he added.
‘You do not know what you have, until you lose it. This is it for me now.
The PNG international has made six NSW Cup appearances for the Manly feeder club this season.
“I would love to have the opportunity to play next week.”
Until his suspension, Segeyaro had played 164 NRL games in nine seasons and admitted he would return to the game with a completely different mindset, given the opportunity to play top-flight football again.
Everything difficult in my life is done,’ he said.
I have been out for two years. […] And now [playing NRL] it would just be fun.