Eels skipper leaves door open for Hayne reunion

By Matt Encarnacion, Matt Encarnacion is a Roar Guru

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    Parramatta captain Tim Mannah expects the Eels to leave the door open for prodigal son Jarryd Hayne to return home, but admits the club already has a new favourite son.

    Off-contract at Gold Coast at the end of the year, Hayne reportedly has until the end of next month to take up a contract option in his favour to remain at the club next season.

    However the former NFL convert has already expressed a desire to examine the sporting market, which could possibly include what would be a fairytale return to the blue and gold.

    Asked if the ship had sailed on a Hayne reunion, Mannah told AAP: “No, the plane hasn’t flown. But I feel like we’ve got a very capable fullback in Bevan French.

    “But at the same time, you’d always want Jarryd in your team somewhere. How that looks, I don’t know. But he’s definitely someone you never say no to having in your team.”

    Hayne revealed close friend Mannah was a point of contact during discussions last year on his NRL return, before finally deciding on joining the NRL’s youngest franchise.

    But Mannah said he wanted to avoid the possibility of being a middle man a second time.

    “We know contracts are more about business than anything else. We can’t tell him what the club would offer, if they would offer anything,” he said.

    “At the end of the day, we’re just going to leave it up to him and his manager.”

    Eels chief executive Bernie Gurr said the club was likely to be a major player in the free-agent market after officially passing their salary-cap audits for 2016, and were under the cap this year.

    But he declined to comment on any potential chase of their former superstar.

    “We have no comment on Jarryd, just hopefully that he gets healthy and can play again. It’s a tough game, we don’t like to see anyone injured, so we hope he comes back,” Gurr said.

    “He’s been a terrific contributor to Parramatta in the past, but we hope he gets back on field.”

    Hayne will miss what would’ve been his first clash with his old teammates on Saturday after picking up an ankle injury in the Titans’ loss last week to Newcastle.

    Mannah said he sympathised for his former teammate, who had come under fire in the lead-up to the match for his work ethic at training during the pre-season.

    “I’ve seen this happen before where people aren’t happy with the way he trains but, as soon as he starts winning you games and fulfilling on the field, they quickly forget that,” he said.

    “I can understand what they’re saying about his training. But once he starts to get on the field and doing his thing, it won’t be long before they quickly forget what the off-season was like.”

    © AAP 2018

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    • March 17th 2017 @ 10:56am
      Glenn said | March 17th 2017 @ 10:56am | ! Report

      Does Parra really want or need him, I think not. Hayne looks unhappy, unfit and unmotivated to me. Doubt it is just home sickness to me.

      • March 17th 2017 @ 3:15pm
        Cee said | March 17th 2017 @ 3:15pm | ! Report

        I don’t think they need him. They should work on getting a better 9. Peats was a massive loss in my opinion.

    • March 17th 2017 @ 6:35pm
      Gav said | March 17th 2017 @ 6:35pm | ! Report

      Retain Corey Norman ahead of getting Hayne.
      Corey’s running a dam good show from what I’ve seen

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      March 17th 2017 @ 7:27pm
      KillaKanga said | March 17th 2017 @ 7:27pm | ! Report

      Oh god NO
      Parra does not need nor want anymore prima-donnas.
      Get Nathan back and wave goodbye to Hayne as he sets off on his next “dream” ……I think World Championship Tiddly Winks is next on his list.

      • March 18th 2017 @ 9:09am
        PatchMan said | March 18th 2017 @ 9:09am | ! Report

        I don’t think Peats would want to come back to Parra’ after the way they released him!..& at the same time’ even though Hayne has suggested that he still loves his former Club’ i don’t think he’s needed there at the Eels’.. He’s had his time’ & now they have a New Player’ on the horizon in Bevan French!
        If Hayne is going to go in every sport that he thinks what will provide him with $$$$ then his Heart is Never going to be anywhere in the Sport’..Whatever Code! He should settle down & stay where he is’ & put in 100% to that Team!… Or else he’ll just be letting the Team down’ as well as himself’..

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