Jarryd Hayne

When in form, he is regarded as one of the most electrifying fullbacks in the game – but even Parramatta Eels star Jarryd Hayne knows that a move to the pivot role is inevitable in the long-term.

Whilst his preference is to remain at fullback, if new coach Ricky Stuart wants to see Hayne at five-eighth, he will gladly play there under the veteran coach.

It is clear to see the difference that Ricky Stuart is making at the club, with a new mood taking over the Parramatta club already.

“In the few days Sticky’s been here, he has really pushed that this is about the individuals being accountable,” Hayne said.

“Individuals make a team. If individuals stand up, that is what takes a team to the next level.

“You look at the Storm. They have three players … it’s their individual brilliance that makes the Storm.

“The others run the right holes, they make the tackles – but they give the opportunity to those three blokes to do what they do.”

It comes as no surprise that Hayne is linked with a move to five-eighth, given that it was Stuart who said last year, that the Eels star was better suited to the pivot role.

“I think I will form into a five-eighth in time but at the moment I really enjoy fullback,” Hayne said.

“I enjoy watching Kieran Foran play and obviously Benji (Marshall) is in a league of his own. And Darren Lockyer was one of my idols.

“I remember I had a talk to (Lockyer) about it and he told me how for a couple of seasons after his switch he was in limbo and then he turned it around.

“He went on to win grand finals and obviously Queensland are still on this winning streak because of him, so he is certainly someone I look up to and it shows you what is possible.”

Despite all that, however, Hayne will play where Stuart wants him to play.

“I think it will be based on how Lukey Kelly goes and how Ben Roberts goes and how Jake Mullaney goes and how comfortable Sticky feels with them at those positions,” he says.

“If Benny has a huge off-season and Stick thinks he is the best option (at five-eighth) then I will be at one. But if Jake Mullaney impresses, I might go to six.”

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