Deja vu? Back to the future? You might have to believe it, as the Gold Coast Titans confirm the early release of Jarryd Hayne with a likely move back to where it all began at the Parramatta Eels but a mere formality.
With club and player mutually agreeing to a contractual release, Hayne says that the last 16 months have been a whirlwind but he has enjoyed his time on the Coast.
“The last 16 months have been testing and joyful all wrapped up into one,” said Hayne.
“I thank the Titans members, fans, Board, staff and players for what they have done for me and my family over that time, with special mention Rebecca Frizelle, Graham Annesley and Anthony Laffranchi.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time on the coast, I love the community and the laid-back lifestyle. I thank every person, fan and sponsor that I‘ve met during my time here and wish the Titans all the best in 2018.”
CEO Graham Annesley praised Hayne as the club’s biggest signing coup in their history and wished him all the best with his move.
“There is no doubt his signing was the biggest coup in the Titans short history, and although it hasn’t worked out as everyone had hoped, including Jarryd, the club has benefited in many ways from his presence,” said Annesley.
“We wish Jarryd nothing but the best for his future both on and off the field.”
The Eels have now confirmed the signing of Hayne which is for the 2018 season only.
Although he put some fans offside with some of his previous exploits, he hopes to come back and make amends but did thank the club’s fans for the support he received.
“As I said yesterday, my decision to return to Sydney wasn’t taken lightly so I am grateful that Brad and the Eels have offered me the opportunity to return to the Club,” Hayne said.
“Eels Members and fans have been behind me throughout my career and I want to use this second chance to repay that faith and support.”
“I look forward to returning to training in early January 2018 and am keen to work hard and play my part for the team in building on last year’s finals run.”
Hayne, the Eels best junior and player since the club’s heydays of the 1980’s, is a huge boost for the club and club CEO knows how important his signing will be to the club’s title ambitions.
“Jarryd started playing for our Club as a 15-year-old, so we are pleased that he now has the opportunity to return and be part of a strong squad and playing culture that Brad Arthur has developed over the past few seasons,” Gurr said.
“From speaking with Jarryd, he is keen to join his teammates in early January and is committed to working with Brad and our players to build on our excellent 2017 season.
Jarryd’s abilities will strengthen our 2018 player roster and we look forward to again seeing Jarryd in the Blue & Gold”.