Henry unsure of Hayne’s best position, remains hopeful it’s somewhere else

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    Neil Henry admits he’s yet to decide on Jarryd Hayne’s best position for the Titans, but has whittled it down to “either reserve grade or rugby”.

    The revelation follows questioning over the pair’s relationship, with whispers emerging the coach didn’t agree to the Origin rep’s contract extension.

    Speaking at a press conference, Henry denied any issue with Hayne and confirmed the pair enjoy a “mutual co-existence”.

    He also refused to blame Hayne for the club’s recent demise, despite “everything going wrong since he arrived”.

    The news comes with Titans officials remaining hopeful Hayne will eventually make an appearance for the club after nearly a season on their books.

    Other than a field goal in Campbelltown and some exertion around Origin time, the superstar’s arrival has been delayed, despite the club paying him a contract so rich he evades Spanish tax.

    While his exorbitant salary has translated to increased gate takings, it has also reaped a massive number of stray cut-out passes and raised-hand apologies.

    Hayne’s statistics have also been down, however his reputation leads the league in absent tackle-busts and perceived big-game ability.

    But despite his slow start and appalling body language, patient officials are prepared to give him right up to the end of his contract to live up to the hype.

    The club says this is because Hayne is an “integral part of the club’s vision”, and nothing to do with being unable to afford a contract payout since Aquis pulled the pin.

    One Titans official declared when it comes to players like the 29-year-old, “you can’t put a value on his $1.2 million price tag”.

    The club maintains his time has been an outrageous success thus far, mainly because he sells a lot of “jerseys and shit”.

    Even one medicated fan held high hopes for Hayne’s time at the club, labelling him as “the next Will Zillman”.

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    Dane was named best and fairest in the 2004 Bathurst mixed indoor cricket competition. With nothing in the game left to achieve, he immediately retired at his peak to a reclusive life ensconced in the velvet of organised contests. Catch the man on Twitter @eld2_0.

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    • August 11th 2017 @ 10:12am
      Madrid John said | August 11th 2017 @ 10:12am | ! Report

      Nailed it Dane.
      I gave the bloke the benefit of the doubt after his NFL adventure. Though he had balls for trying and was remarkably successful in nearly pulling it off.

      However, his fence jumping celebration in Origin 1 and his lack of effort for the Titans has left a sour taste in the mouth. It was remarkable to see Nathan Hindmarsh laughing at reports of him tying his boots up when the Titans forwards were trying to fight their way out of the TItans red zone. Apparently this is an old habit from his Eels days.

      Like a mini version of David Taylor, limitless potential, no heart and even less guts.

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        August 11th 2017 @ 10:18am
        M.O.C. said | August 11th 2017 @ 10:18am | ! Report

        It’s hard to watch and even harder to like a player like Hayne – like you say, limitless potentials but to see it taken for granted is just cruel. The “next Will Zillman” comment is inaccurate – Zillman might be a bit of a journey-man but he could never be accused of not trying. I would take a Zillman over a Hayne any day.

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        August 11th 2017 @ 1:22pm
        The Barry said | August 11th 2017 @ 1:22pm | ! Report

        I’ve been critical of Hayne this season but only on what I think are objective reasons that basically come down to him not delivering the on field value that his contract suggests he should.

        But he did more than “nearly pull off” his NRL adventure. He went over with the express goal of playing NFL and he did that. He never said he was going to be an MVP or win a Superbowl. If his ball security had been just a little bit better it could have worked out so much better.

        I still think it’s a success though. It was an amazing achievement.

    • August 11th 2017 @ 10:58am
      Christov said | August 11th 2017 @ 10:58am | ! Report

      Haha – the next Will Zillman is a bit insulting to Will. But of course Henry will be punted by next season, Hayne will play on until signing with the Warratahs or some other team who needs a PR boost and life goes on.

    • August 11th 2017 @ 11:14am
      kk said | August 11th 2017 @ 11:14am | ! Report

      Be it for playing or resting, at $50K or $625 per minute for each game, the signing of Jarryd
      has, sadly, not been transferred to the scoreboard.

      The Titans Board wanted a magnet and most of us were excited by the adventure, thinking
      that Jarryd would provide that extra boost necessary to maintain a place at the top of the NRL
      ladder. What we now have is a big fizzer, with disastrous consequences for club and players.

      If I was a multi wanting to invest in my own NRL team, I would want the signature of coach
      Neil Henry. If this job goes south, let’s hope he finds himself at Belmore. At (say) $555K he
      would solve a lot of problems.

      • August 11th 2017 @ 11:43am
        Oingo Boingo said | August 11th 2017 @ 11:43am | ! Report

        That would be an interesting scenario MAX .
        Dessie won’t need to work next year , as the Dags will be paying for him to bask in the sun somewhere at their expense , and Mr Henry could do himself a favour and leave the Titans , with the rod they have created for the clubs back .
        Unless of course , if their happens to be more to the situation at the Dags than meets the eye.

        • August 11th 2017 @ 12:35pm
          kk said | August 11th 2017 @ 12:35pm | ! Report

          Oingo,

          It will take at least two seasons, millions of dollars and intelligent recruiting
          to rectify the Canterbury Catastrophe. I first voiced that opinion in 2015.

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      August 11th 2017 @ 11:32am
      Emcie said | August 11th 2017 @ 11:32am | ! Report

      I really hope that Henry doesn’t get punted. It was pointed out last night that Hayne has never played under the same coach for more then two years straight despite playing at one club for 8 years. Not saying that its all his fault that they didn’t last, but it’s not an environment to come through that engenders much respect for a head coach or an environment that fosters accountability for your own perfomances when the coach is forced to shoulder blame for poor seasons.

      • August 11th 2017 @ 11:44am
        Oingo Boingo said | August 11th 2017 @ 11:44am | ! Report

        He’s the Robbie Farah in Haynes clothing.

    • August 11th 2017 @ 11:52am
      Memphis said | August 11th 2017 @ 11:52am | ! Report

      To say he lacks guts is a bit much – he was a running back in NFL which requires massive fortitude. His mind may not always be on the job but everyone knew that before they signed him so more fault them. He may turn it around before his time is up but people like Crosscoder who raise expectations and treat him as the Messiah should know better.

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      August 11th 2017 @ 11:59am
      PNG Broncos fan88 said | August 11th 2017 @ 11:59am | ! Report

      Ha Ha… Dane, you are a funny man.

      That overweighted chip into the Broncs in-goal with the 6 to go call summed up his season “selfish”.

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