Ever since Jarryd Hayne’s departure from the NRL a couple of years, everyone thought that there was just one club for the man. The Parramatta Eels.
But in a surprising turn of events, that has not been the case, with Hayne instead heading to the Gold Coast and signing with the Gold Coast Titans.
It is a move that has many Eels fans majorly disappointed and annoyed, with the move officially confirmed today at a Titans press conference.
After departing the Eels at the end of 2014 to pursue an NFL dream, Hayne returns to the NRL and will be able to train with the club immediately and play for the Titans this week.
The club is pleased to make such a historic signing, perhaps the biggest in their history.
â€œThis is a monumental signing for the Titans and we are proud that Jarryd has identified our club as the best fit for him to return to the NRL,â€ Annesley said.
â€œItâ€™s great news for not only our club but for the NRL in general and we canâ€™t wait to see Jarryd in action for the Titans.
The move boosts the profile of the Titans and is a welcome addition to the side who are enjoying a bit of a resurgence in recent times.
â€œItâ€™s also a fantastic boost for our members, fans, and corporate partners who have loyally stuck with the Titans throughout the club’s rebuilding process,” said Annesley.
“We wouldnâ€™t have been in a position to sign a player of Jarrydâ€™s stature without the critical support of our major sponsors in particular Aquis as our naming rights partner, and TripADeal who have helped make this signing possible.
â€œWe expect Jarrydâ€™s presence will significantly increase corporate and membership interest which will further boost the clubsâ€™ future commercial prospectsâ€, the CEO concluded.
Head coach Neil Henry is just as pleased, highlighting just how good Hayne is as a player.
â€œJarryd is a fantastic player and he will bring a wealth of experience to our teamâ€, Henry said.
â€œWe are very pleased that he has decided to join the Titans and I look forward to seeing him reproduce the exciting brand of football he is famous for in the NRLâ€, Henry added.