UPDATE: It’s official – the Hayne Plane has landed on the Gold Coast.
The Titans confirmed the two-year signing of the NRL star, which is the biggest in the clubs’ history, at a press conference at Gold Coast Airport this morning.
Hayne will join his Titans teammates for training on Thursday before running out in a Titans jersey in this Sunday’s clash against the New Zealand Warriors at Cbus Super Stadium.
Titans CEO, Graham Annesley said Hayne’s signing is the most significant in the club’s ten-year history.
“This is a monumental signing for the Titans and we are proud that Jarryd has identified our club as the best fit for him to return to the NRL,” Annesley said.
“It’s great news for not only our club, but for the NRL in general and we can’t wait to see Jarryd in action for the Titans.
Hayne revealed the decision was an emotional one.
“It was a tough decision emotionally, but deep down it was the right one,” he said.
“I’m very honoured and blessed to be up here.
“It’s been a great journey the last eighteen months and I wouldn’t change it for the world but it’s nice to be settled.”
The 28-year-old is returning to the NRL after departing the game in 2014 where he made global headlines by joining the San Francisco 49ers NFL team.
Hayne joins the Aquis Titans and will play this weekend pic.twitter.com/xZsH9k0ehU
— Gold Coast Titans (@GCTitans) August 3, 2016
More to come.
EARLIER: It looks like the Hayne Plane is set to call the Gold Coast home with reports the former NRL star has signed a multi-million dollar deal with the Gold Coast Titans.
The official announcement is expected to be made at a press conference this morning.
“The Aquis Gold Coast Titans will be making a major announcement at 10.30am this morning,” a statement by the club reads.
In attendance will be CEO Graham Annesley, Chairperson Rebecca Frizelle and Head Coach Neil Henry.
— Gold Coast Titans (@GCTitans) August 2, 2016
Social media has been sent into overdrive since rumours of the signing broke overnight.
— NRL Gossip (@NRLGossip) August 2, 2016
Hayne is expected to make his return to the NRL next season after a stint in the US playing NFL for the San Francisco 49ers.
It is reportedly the biggest deal in NRL history.
— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) August 2, 2016