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NFL to the Olympics, but where will the Hayne Plane land in 2017?

Jarryd Hayne is back on the radar for Origin duties. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy)
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16th May, 2016
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Here we go again… Jarryd Hayne makes another audacious move, this time going from the NFL to the Fiji rugby sevens team in an effort to win Olympic gold. Let’s back the bloke and say he’ll do it – he has a tendency to make fools of those who doubt him – well, then what?

What does 2017 hold for the Hayne Plane?

He claims his plans have only unfolded as far as making the Olympics, although having used the word ‘retire’ in his announcement that he was leaving the San Francisco 49ers certainly suggests he’s done his dash in the NFL.

Thus, the incessant whispers that Hayne will end up at the Sydney Roosters are about to become a roar again.

More:
» Jarryd Hayne retires from NFL – wants to play Olympic Sevens
» Jarryd Hayne has ‘no plans’ post-Olympics
» INGS: Hayne’s Olympic dream may be over before it began

In fact, only hours after Hayne announced his Olympic intentions and the Chook talk was already in full swing in the Twittersphere, Tim Gilbert having suggested that Parra’s salary cap issues meant the Eels were no chance of signing their former fullback, while the Roosters’ war chest meant they were in the hotseat to sign him.

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You’ll notice Hayne didn’t actually address the rumours in either response. Furthermore, the former Blues No.1 was was none too impressed with Gilbert for suggesting Hayne may have been told “time’s up” by 9ers coach Chip Kelly.

Hayne himself shot down the Roosters rumours when he was in Sydney in February, telling Triple M’s The Grill Team, “Like I always said, if I ever came back I’d go to Parra if they wanted me.

“That was always something I said from the start. It’s funny when you see media outlets say I’m doing this and I’m doing that.

“It’s even funnier when you see Parra fans go online and have a go at me. If you believe that you’re a clown.”

However that was February, and things at Parramatta have shifted dramatically in the ensuing months. To fit Hayne under their closely-watched salary cap, they’d need to shed multiple players, whereas the Roosters have been freeing cap space in an effort to make a play for either Hayne or fellow Rio-bound former NRL player Sonny Bill Williams.

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But then the Roosters and Parra aren’t the only clubs in Australia who would jump at the chance to sign Hayne:

Hayne’s manager, Wayne Beavis, is talking down any plan past the Olympics, simply saying there will be plenty of offers coming Hayne’s way in both rugby codes.

Well, he’s certainly not wrong about that one.

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