Jarryd Hayne won’t play against his former club Parramatta on Thursday night due to an ankle injury.
The NSW Origin Representative has never played the Eels and seemed unlikely to do so after a torrid week at the Titans.
When talk of Hayne’s future at the Gold Coast emerged this week, his former teammates reacted coldly to the possibility of Hayne pulling on the blue and gold again.
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Since his first press conference with the Titans, the former fullback has voiced his love for Parramatta and has spoken openly about his desire to be an Eel again.
But the love wasn’t returned on Monday when Corey Norman dodged questions about whether he’d like to play with Hayne again.
“It would be up to (coach) Brad Arthur and the board,” he said.
“I’m happy with the team we’ve got here, and I’m focused on the team we’ve got here.”
CONFIRMED: Fullback Jarryd Hayne will miss the match tomorrow night due to an ankle injury #NRLEelsTitans
— Gold Coast Titans (@GCTitans) August 16, 2017
Nathan Hindmarsh played with Hayne for nine seasons at the Eels, as well as Tests and State of Origin matches.
He told Fox Sports the star fullback is a “different beast”.
“Sometimes he can have the worst week at training and come out and have a blinder,” he said.
“Other weeks he can be on top of the world, chirpy, buzzy, jumping out of his skin, really good at training and then not have a really good game at all.”
Last Saturday night, after the Gold Coast’s loss to the Dragons, Hayne vented his frustrations to a reporter and said “If he (Henry) doesn’t want me here, I’ll move on”.
The comments triggered an ugly dispute at the club which triggered crisis talks on Monday and a full review of the coach.
But a move to another club in the NRL would be tough for Hayne whose performance for the Titans hasn’t matched his $1.2 million per year contract.
The most likely move for the former NFL player is a shift to the high paying French Rugby Union competition.
Hayne had a brief flirtation with Rugby, attempting to qualify and play Rugby 7’s for Fiji in 2016.