Jarryd Hayne is all set to re-join Parramatta after being granted an immediate release from the Gold Coast. Graham Annesley, CEO of Titans, confirmed that Jarryd had been released from the final year of his NRL contract on Thursday afternoon.
He has been profoundly linked with a return to Sydney in order to be near his Central Coast-based daughter and to Parramatta, where the cross-code star could expect to earn about $500,000 next season which will be less than half of his current deal.
Jarryd Hayne Set for Parramatta Return After Leaving Gold Coast Titans
Jarryd's departure comes just half a year after he activated an extension clause with the Titans for 2018 and brings to an end a dramatic 15 months stay including a well-publicized feud with Neil Henry that resulted in the coach being sacked.
Graham said when asked if he was glad Jarryd was departing:
There’s no sense of relief at all. He’s a quality player, you only have to look at what he’s done during the World Cup. It’s a situation that through a range of circumstances a request was made to the club and we granted that request.
He further added:
There’s no point looking back on these things. We’ve got to focus on the future, we’ve got a new head coach, we’ve got a raft of new players, we’re going to have more players arriving, no doubt. We wish Jarryd well, we thank him for the contribution that he’s made.
Following stints in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers and Rugby Sevens with Fiji, Hayne signed with the Titans mid-season in 2016. At the time, he declared that he had wanted to go back to the Eels however they couldn’t match the Titan’s offer.
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.