UPDATE at 4:10 PM on THURSDAY | JARRYD Hayne has officially been released from the Gold Coast Titans.
CEO Graham Annesley confirmed the ‘Hayne Plane’ had been granted an immediate release from the final year of his contract with the Gold Coast club in a press conference on Thursday afternoon.
“Earlier today I met with Jarryd Hayne and Jarryd expressed a desire to return to western Sydney,” Annesley said.
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“As a result of that conversation and some consultation internally we decided to grant that release which is effective immediately…Jarryd is no longer an employee of the Titans.”
Annesley said western Sydney was Hayne’s home “where all his family and friends are”.
“He was very gracious about [leaving]. He said that he’s loved his time here at the Titans and on the Gold Coast.”
“He thinks this is a fantastic place. He doesn’t regret coming here at all, but obviously, his home and his heart are in western Sydney and that is where his family connections are so that is where he would prefer to be.”
Reports suggest Hayne will take a massive yearly pay-cut of more than half a million dollars and return to his former club, the Parramatta Eels.
In a statement, Hayne thanked the Titans for a “testing and joyful” time.
“The last 16 months have been testing and joyful all wrapped up into one,” Hayne said.
“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.”
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EARLIER at 10:30 AM on THURSDAY | Jarryd Hayne is reportedly set for a spectacular walk out from the Gold Coast Titans to return to Parramatta.
Newscorp reports the former NFL player requested a release from the club and has told senior Titans players he’s leaving, with a season still remaining on his contract.
Further reports suggest Hayne will head to the Eels on a massive yearly pay-cut, earning $500,000 or $600,000 a season rather than his current $1.2 million deal at the Titans.
Earlier this month, Hayne was accused of stringing the Gold Coast along during the Rugby League World Cup as he earned $180,000 per month in “holiday pay” for the duration of the tournament.
The career of Jarryd Hayne on the Gold Coast is coming to a close. He has told influential Titans figures he is moving on. @9NewsSyd
— Danny Weidler (@Danny_Weidler) November 29, 2017
BREAKING: “Jarryd is leaving. It’s a done deal at Parra” – Hayne’s Titans sponsor confirms he asked for a release this morning. Full story @cmail_sport
— pete badel (@badel_cmail) November 29, 2017
You can’t blame the Titans for taking a punt on Jarryd Hayne but there’s no doubt that the Hayne experiment was a spectacular failure #NRL
— Mark Gottlieb (@MarkGottliebFOX) November 30, 2017