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Sharks' Segeyaro guessing game for Eels

NZN 24/03/2017 Steve Zemek

Cronulla are keeping Parramatta guessing about whether they'll face new signing James Segeyaro in Saturday's NRL clash.

Coach Shane Flanagan was giving little way about the former Cowboys and Panthers hooker's possible involvement at ANZ Stadium after retaining him when he trimmed his match squad to 19 on Friday.

Segeyaro has not played in six months due to the drawn out dispute when he walked out mid-contract on English club Leeds and has only had two training sessions with the Sharks.

Flanagan said he was still considering holding Segeyaro back a week and he has until an hour before kick-off to cut the squad to the final 17.

"It's not really match-fitness because he won't play big minutes, but his timing, team calls, coordination and understanding of our systems is going to be hard for him," Flanagan said.

"It's a tough one."

If Segeyaro does make his club debut, he is likely to serve as a back-up to emerging rake Jayden Brailey.

Brailey has impressed since inheriting the No.9 jersey from Michael Ennis and played his first full 80 minutes in Sunday's loss to St George Illawarra.

Flanagan said Brailey, 20, was still on a learning curve and needed support around him - a role Segeyaro is set to play this season.

"He'll give Jayden a spell there," Flanagan said.

"We saw last week Jayden did a really good job. But because of all the errors we made and the way we played, Jayden made 50 tackles and came up with an error at the end.

"He's not the biggest bloke, he's 84kg. He's going to be a very good player but it's tough, the pressure on a young bloke to play 80 minutes in a game like that."

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