By Dion Kombeng – EMTV Sport, Port Moresby
The former PNG Kumul who changed his alliance to Australia last year, James Segeyaro, has been dropped to reserve grade by his NRL club the Penrith Panthers.
The crafty hooker was on Tuesday dropped to reserve grade ahead of Saturday’s clash with Melbourne, just a week after being issued a warning from NSW Police for allegedly consorting with convicted criminals.
With the Panthers feeling the pinch of the salary cap, their first casualty is Segeyaro who will not be offered a contract for next season. The club will also face a fight to re-sign State of Origin winger Josh Mansour.
Although Segeyaro has been involved in off field drama following an image of him, Corey Normal and Junior Paulo alongside two men known to police, the Panthers say the decision to drop Segeyaro is purely based on on-field matters.
Former number seven, Peter Wallace, stepped into the role of hooker when Segeyaro suffered a broken arm earlier in the year, and has performed exceptionally well where he is expected to remain.