UPDATE at 6:00 PM | JARRYD Hayne has confirmed he has resigned with his former club, the Parramatta Eels but says his decision to leave the Gold Coast wasn’t easy.
In a statement released on Friday afternoon, 24 hours after being let go from the Titans, Hayne said the opportunity to play for the blue and gold again was a “second chance”.
“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.
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“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.”
Parramatta Eels CEO Bernie Gurr said that the Club was pleased that one of its most talented local juniors has returned home.
“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 and Gold”.
EARLIER at 5:15 PM | JARRYD Hayne will play for the Parramatta Eels in 2018 after penning a deal with his former club within 24 hours of being released from the Gold Coast Titans.
The Hayne Plane was officially cleared for take-off from the Gold Coast on Thursday after requesting a release from the Queensland club to return to western Sydney.
According to TEN Eyewitness News, the 29-year-old has already signed a one-year contract with his former club.
The deal is rumoured to be worth around $600,000, half of what Hayne was being paid to play for the Gold Coast.
It’s understood he’ll start training with his former club in January.
— TEN Eyewitness News (@channeltennews) December 1, 2017