NRL player James Segeyaro will lose his contract with the Brisbane Broncos if he fails to win The Frownlow Medal, for which he was nominated for drink driving while on P plates.
The Frownlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off-field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern-day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the National Rugby League (NRL), Australian Football League (AFL), the A-League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015 and code-swapper Karmichael Hunt was the most recent recipient.
Segeyaro joined the Broncos midway during the NRL season after his services were no longer required at the Cronulla Sharks. The Broncos offered the hooker a lifeline and are disappointed at the drink-driving charge so shortly after signing with the club. As a result, sources at the Broncos revealed that if Segeyaro does not win the Fronwlow and restore some pride to the club, his contract will not be renewed.
The Broncos have so far performed below expectation in the 2019 season, and a victory for one of their players in the most prestigious award in Australian sport would restore some pride to the popular club.
This is the second Frownlow nomination for Segeyaro, who was nominated in 2016 for posting a photo of himself on social media with known criminals.
Apparently the hooker has topped up his Uber account to make sure he arrives safely at the awards night for The Frownlow Medal later this year.