Despite his shock origin omission in the fullback position, Eels fullback Jarryd Hayne says that he is not going to change his style of play, and says that any move to five-eighth is at least 5 years away.
Hayne, who believes that he already plays a ghost-like five-eighth role, spoke to Stuart about his omission, but said that anything they discussed would remain “private and confidential”.
Despite all this however, Hayne says that at the moment, he has no intention to change the way that he currently plays the game of NRL.
”I’ll keep playing the way I do, whether I play Origin again or not,” Hayne said.
‘I am who I am. Just because I didn’t make the team, it doesn’t mean I’m not playing well. That’s why I said I was confused with the call that I was playing too much as a five-eighth – I was playing that all the time I played fullback. I played fullback last year in State of Origin, I’ve done great things playing fullback.”
”It was very confusing to have a call like that. I just want to enjoy my footy and keep playing. Life goes on, I’ll move on.”
Whilst he has played the position before with varying success under former Eels coach Daniel Anderson, said that it is more than likely that he will finish his NRL career as a five-eighth.
”Obviously it’s an option down the track,” Hayne said.
”One day, when I lose a bit of speed and agility when I get older, I’ll definitely make it an option. But for the next five or so years, I’m going to play fullback. That’s pretty much the final word.”
Whilst a move is still some time away, Hayne insists that his brief stint at five-eighth helped his cause, and is making him a better fullback, as a result.
I’m a ball-player now because of that experience. I enjoy watching Darren Lockyer play, what he does, and I try to implement that in my game. We’ve spoken about [switching again with Eels coach Stephen Kearney], it’s something he’s openly suggested. I’ve made it pretty clear that I’m not ready for it.”
”I don’t feel I have the composure to be a five-eighth. I understand you need to live and learn before you can go anywhere, but I haven’t given everything as a fullback yet. I’ve played full-time fullback for only 2Â½ to three years – I really want to knuckle down. I feel I’m doing a pretty good job.”