BIG NEWS out of the Rugby League world this morning, with Parramatta star Jarryd Hayne announcing he’s quitting the NRL.
The reigning league best and fairest winner is set to pursue an NFL career in the United States.
Hayne only recently returned from a trip to Seattle where he looked over the set-up at the city’s NFL champion Seahawks.
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He’s apparently agreed a lifetime deal with Parramatta so that, should he return, it will be to the Eels.
“For the past 24 months I’ve been thinking about having a crack in the NFL, and over the last 12 months I’ve been seriously considering it,” Hayne wrote in a letter to fans on the Eels website on Wednesday.
“Today I can officially announce that I will be heading to the United States to pursue an opportunity to play American football.
“I will be withdrawing from the Kangaroos’ Four Nations side immediately, and accepting a conditional release from the Eels to make the move overseas.
“The reason I didn’t make this decision any earlier was because of the part I played in getting Brad to the club and the way we finished the season.
“I felt I owed the club one more year and I gave it everything I could.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to play in the NFL, and at my age, this is my one and only chance at having a crack at playing there.”
We’ll have more details as they come to hand.